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Corrosion-Resistant Hydrophobic Thermal Barrier Composite Coating on Metal Strip: A New Dimension to Steel Strips for Roofing Segment

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posted on 2023-10-24, 20:33 authored by S. S. Ananthapadmanabhan, Tapan Kumar Rout, Sudin Chatterjee, Titas Dasgupta, Smrutiranjan Parida
This study demonstrates a cost-effective, thin, multifunctional composite coating system with outstanding thermal insulation for thermal management and heat shield applications, such as roofs, as well as outstanding resistance to corrosion. The hydrophobic multifunctional epoxy composite coating systems were designed with surface-modified fillers to impart both reduced heat conduction and high infrared reflectance in a thin coating with a 65–100 μm dry film thickness (DFT). With a judicial combination of hollow microspheres (HMS) activated and modified with silica (sHMS) and stearic acid-modified TiO2 (sMO), the developed composite coating attained the highest thermal insulation property with a temperature drop of 21–31 °C at different distances below the coated panel, which is superior to the values of temperature drop reported earlier. The high solar reflectance of the composite coating in the near-infrared (NIR) region exceeds 72% with a low thermal conductivity of 0.178 W m–1 K–1. After 720 h of exposure in a 3.5 wt % NaCl solution, the composite coating revealed a corrosion protection efficiency of 99%. The work demonstrates that high solar reflectivity and low thermal conductivity must be active simultaneously to achieve superior thermal shielding in a thin coating on a metal. A careful selection of fillers and appropriate surface modifications ensures hydrophobicity and proper distribution of the fillers in the coating for a high barrier effect to prevent environmental deterioration. With these superior performance parameters, the developed composite coatings make an essential contribution to energy sustainability and the protection against environmental degradation.