SI-TUFF™ Performance Silicon Carbide is a new type of reinforcing additive that is changing the way coatings formulators think about coating reinforcement.
If used properly, SI-TUFF™ is expected to increase service lifetime by 20-50%. Some customers have improved performance by 70%. The primary benefit of SI-TUFF™ is improved scratch and abrasion resistance, which results in increased service lifetime. Secondary benefits include enhanced thermal conductivity and stability, impact resistance, and hardness.
SI-TUFF™ Performance Silicon Carbide is primarily used when the coatings formulator is challenged with improving wear resistance without compromising other critical properties. SI-TUFF™ is uniquely valuable for these applications because it improves wear resistance at low loading levels, such that it does not affect other properties including non-stick, friction, and flexibility. For example, it may be used in non-stick cookware and bakeware coatings without affecting release properties, or it may be used in piping coatings without decreasing flexibility and impact resistance.
Coatings formulators are constantly finding new ways to use SI-TUFF™ in their coating systems to increase performance. Some example applications include:
- Non-stick consumer cookware coatings
- Non-stick industrial bakeware coatings
- Industrial Fluoropolymer Coatings
- Industrial piping coatings
- Superdurable polyurethane coatings
- Epoxy-Novolac coatings
- Ceramic Coatings
Non-Stick Cookware & Bakeware Coatings
More Durable. Faster Cooking. Longer Lasting.
SI-TUFF™ additives have a unique combination of properties that makes them particularly suitable for non-stick cookware and bakeware coatings. They are used in high-end consumer cookware, industrial bakeware systems, and flexible baking release films.
- Improves scratch resistance, wear resistance, and non-stick service life.
- Improves heat transfer and cooking/baking efficiency.
- CFR-21 compliant for indirect food contact. No extractables and non-toxic by ingestion.
- Maintains non-stick performance for longer.
Incorporating SI-TUFF™ into your coating system is straight forward. No modifications to your existing process are required.
Industrial Fluoropolymer Coatings
Tougher. More wear resistant. Greater thermal stability. Still non-stick.
SI-TUFF™ additives are used to reinforce industrial fluoropolymer coatings, to provide increased abrasion and scratch resistance, temperature stability, thermal conductivity, and thermal shock resistance. Most importantly, they do this without affecting the inherent non-stick properties of the fluoropolymer itself.
- Improves scratch resistance, abrasion resistance, and non-stick service life.
- Improves thermal conductivity and thermal stability.
- Can be used in any environment.
- Does not affect non-stick performance, and maintains low COF for longer!
SI-TUFF™ is used in all the markets industrial fluoropolymer coatings are used, including aerospace, automotive, chemical processing, corrosion, manufacturing, and oil & gas.
Easy to use.
Incorporating SI-TUFF™ into your coating system is easy. No modifications to your existing process are required.
Contact us to learn more and get started with SI-TUFF™ today!
Other Industrial Protective Coatings
Tougher. More wear resistant. Greater thermal stability. Longer Lasting.
SI-TUFF™ Performance Silicon Carbide is used to reinforce industrial protective coatings to provide increased abrasion and impact resistance, temperature stability, thermal conductivity, and thermal shock resistance. It enables coatings to last longer, even in the harshest environments.
- Improves abrasion resistance, impact resistance, and hardness
- Enhances thermal conductivity and thermal shock resistance
- Compatible with all coating chemistries and application methods
- Low loading levels required
Easy to use.
Incorporating SI-TUFF™ into your coating system is easy. No modifications to your existing process are required. Compatible with water-based, solvent-based, and powder coatings. Compatible with all coating chemistries and application methods.
Polymer Derived Ceramic Coatings
Polymer derived ceramic (PDC) coatings are often used in demanding applications where traditional organic coatings are becoming increasingly less effective. These materials must withstand extreme environments where toughness and heat tolerance are critical.
Harder. Stronger. More wear resistant.
SI-TUFF™ is a long, rigid rod of beta silicon carbide (β-SiC). When used in the precursor polymer, it is unaffected by the pyrolysis process and provides mechanical reinforcement to the resulting ceramic. As it is fully inert, it does not disrupt the transformation reaction. The result is a tougher, more durable ceramic coating.
Higher thermal conductivity and temperature stability.
In addition to mechanical reinforcement, SI-TUFF™ imparts higher thermal conductivity and higher thermal shock resistance to the ceramic. It enables high performance PDC coatings to last even longer, in harsher environments, at higher temperatures.
Easy to use.
SI-TUFF™ is easy to incorporate into your PDC system. It usually requires no modification to your existing process. Only a small amount is needed, so the change in viscosity is almost nothing.