Several advanced technologies were invented to reduce the risk of fire breakouts all over the world. There are efficient fire alarm systems that can produce loud sirens upon fire breakouts. Through such technologies reduce the damages caused by fire breakouts, they are not sufficient enough to prevent fire breakouts. Indian Space Research Organization has recently come out with an excellent solution to prevent fire breakouts.
ISRO initially developed this technology to prevent the fuel tanks of PSLV from catching fire. It’s nothing but a special compound known as christened CASPOL that can be used as a coating on any object. This water based coating does not catch fire under any circumstances. The experts have tested this coating under tough conditions. According to the space agencies, this coating can be applied on walls, paper, clothes, roofs, woods and almost every object that can catch fire. The emulsion can be spread on any surface using a normal painting brush and can also be sprayed on objects. The excellent thermal control properties of this coating are sure to prevent damages caused by fire breakouts.
ISRO announced this invention to the public in the second week of Jan 2015 after conducting through test and trials. CASPOL does not contain any sorts of toxic materials. Moreover, 1liter of CASPOL is sufficient to coat 1.5 sq meters. Therefore, it’s eco-friendly and economical as well.
All the new vehicles manufactured after JAN 2015 are expected to use CASPOL based coatings for enhanced safety. This coating can even be used on seat cushions as a fire retardant material without reducing the cushioning effect. There are even plans to safeguard railway coaches using CASPOL coatings. It can also be applied on concretes to stop water leakages as this coating even seals the micro cracks in the concrete.
In our later posts, we will discuss in detail about CASPOL coatings and its applications.