The Science of LuminOre®

The Micelle Phenomenon

 

This is where the magic of LuminOre is born. A unique chemical reaction called the Micelle Phenomenon occurs between the metal and the binder, wherein molecules of the binder distribute themselves evenly around each individual particle of metal.

 

So, unlike metallic paint, where metal flakes are merely floating in random suspension inside a polymer fluid, each particle of LuminOre Composite Metal is distributed with uniform precision when the mixture is atomized and cold-sprayed onto the substrate. When we atomize the liquid metal, we are not atomizing the polymer carrying the metal particle; instead we are atomizing the metal particle that is carrying just enough polymer binder to act as an adhesive.

 

This process actually transforms the two materials into an all-new composite metal, one that possesses qualities of aesthetics and durability that are greater than the sum of its parts. The result is a perfect, uniform veneer of genuine metal.

 

The result is LuminOre.

 

Innovation Lab

 

LuminOre, Inc. is committed to the future. Our creative team of scientists and technicians works energetically at research and development, always pushing the envelope on innovation to take the future of composite metals to the reality of what some might call science fiction. Here are just a few of our current projects:

 

  • Our scientists are developing a solid metal that will be so flexible, a one inch diameter rod will be bendable to 90 degrees – and when released it will return to its original position!

  • Another R&D project is a solid cast object of LuminOre (sphere, cube, etc) that can be bounced like a rubber ball!

  • LuminOre is developing large sheets of composite metal that can be utilized as extremely thin, flexible and solid surface materials.

  • We have developed an industrial anticorrosive metal material that is so hard, when applied to a surface and sanded, 220 grit paper will be burned out before the substrate is exposed.

 

Fixing America's Crumbling Roads and Bridges

 

Our Crumbling Infrastructure: A Fantasy Scenario... Or a Call to Action?

 

The 50,000 miles of Interstate in the United States make it by far the largest highway system in the world. It is fundamentally comprised of reinforced concrete.

 

While the roadway is resurfaced fairly frequently, the supporting structures of ramps, bridges and overpasses are, in many cases, in desperate need of repair and even replacement.

 

The degradation of reinforced concrete is relentless. As the concrete absorbs moisture, or is stressed by freeze/thaw cycles, the steel rebar inside begins to corrode. This corrosion results in an oxidation process that causes the rebar to rust, flake and expand inside the concrete, causing the concrete itself to expand and then fracture, destroying the bond between the rebar from the concrete.

 

LuminOre could be an effective "quick fix" retrofitting alternative to tear-down and rebuild.

 

For example, a degraded freeway support column could be wrapped in a fiberglass "blanket," after which the support could be sprayed down with an industrial grade coating of LuminOre Composite Metal. This would take a fraction of the time – and expense – required for more conventional methods of repair and replacement.

 

Of course, this is hypothetical, and engineering and cost studies would have to be made – but the LuminOre option should certainly be part of the discussion.

 

To be continued...

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