The client experienced degradation and erosion of the polymer-based paint that coated their products in the space environment.
ITL developed a technology that can prolong the durability of paint in the space environment without affecting the thermal-optical properties of the paint. A surface modification process was selected over a coating process, because it produces a uniformly graded layer, without an abrupt transition boundary. Graded layers resist cracking and spalling caused by thermal stress, physical stress and corrosion. A research and development project was conducted to develop the Photosil™ process.
The Photosil™ process developed by ITL Inc. can modify the material at a molecular level, which leaves it highly resistant to atomic oxygen erosion of polymer materials. The polymer’s functional properties are maintained after the Photosil process is applied.
The client gains the benefit of prolonged durability of their product in the space environment, without any change in the thermal optical properties and other performance requirements of the material.