Thiruvananthapuram | Indian space agency ISRO has developed a low cost fireresistant coating which can be used for protecting rail coaches and buildings. The agency has plans to tieup with a suitable industrial partner for the commercial use of the technology, which was developed to protect the PSLV fuel tanks. It could be used to safeguard railway coaches as well as concrete buildings from fire accidents similar to the blaze that gutted an empty stationary coach at the Central Station here last week.
The low cost technology that protects PSLV fuel tanks from flames can safeguard railway coaches, buildings and vehicles, a release by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a key unit of ISRO, said here today. The new compound, CASPOL, is a waterbased readytocoat and easytouse flame proof coating having excellent flame retardant, waterproofing and thermal control properties. It could be applied on walls, clothes, paper, thatched roofs, wood etc. to protect them from fire. It contains no toxic material and is very ecofriendly.
The emulsion can be sprayed or spread using a brush on surfaces that need fire protection. One litre of CASPOL can coat 1.5 sq meters with a thickness of 500 micron, which is practically adequate for fire protection and thermal insulation. It could also be used as a flameretardant material in railways and automobiles, where the seat cushions can be made flameproof, without affecting the cushioning characteristics.
Shopping malls and theatres could be rendered fireresistant by using CASPOL in their seat cushions and walls. It could be applied over the concrete surfaces of buildings to prevent water seeping as its application fills micro cracks and holes effectively. It would help keep building cooler by at least 5 to 6C. ISRO is now looking for a suitable industry partner to commercialise this technology for the benefit of society, it said.