Challenge: Initially created for shipyard purposes, Oceanit developed a polymer-based nano material that can heal itself when physically breached/scratched/chipped by exposure to heat in less than 30 seconds.
Innovation Delivered: This material can be blended into a wide range of traditional coatings to make them healable while preserving other coating properties, such as hardness, ductility and chemical resistance. Tests showed that polymer materials used in a traditional coating acts as healing agent and can heal both minor and deep scratches once it is mildly heated. Unlike microencapsulation technology, Oceanit technology is healable even after repeatedly scratching or damaging and rehealing the same location. The healing capability reduces inspection and maintenance cost of infrastructure by avoiding frequent repainting or repair and extends the service life of the structure to which it is applied. The coating is multi-functional and specifically designed for corrosion control applications. Healable corrosion resistant property has been successfully tested on a wide range of metallic substrates. It is resistant to various climatic conditions including arctic cold, heat, intense sunlight, UV, low and high humidity, low and high pressures, rain/snow/hail precipitation and blowing salt spray, dust and sand. The coating is stable to chemicals such as aviation fuels, lubricants and oils, aviation and industrial deicers, cleaners, wash fluids, and solvents.