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posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 11:38 AM
'Starlite' is the name of a fire retardent invented by a hairdresser called Ernst Ward back in 1993. It can withstand temperatures up to 10,000 degrees. What's happened to it?

posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 01:38 PM
NASA gave him £25 million for the patent, and his where abouts today is unknown.

Starlite started as an amalgm of many different natural shampoos mixed together to save money, and voila, heat conductance nil, temperature resistance + 15,000 degrees c.

what a waste of a brilliant find that could benefit all of mankind. Just think, a blanket made of this stuff for use in house fires, or high rise buildings, or actual building protection...

posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 04:14 PM
...or hot air balloons or fireman suits or glass coatings. Not just a waste- a betrayal.

posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 04:21 PM
I betcha Aerogel is better.

Also this company claims to sell Roof Insulation made out of Starlite.

[edit on 14-2-2006 by sardion2000]

posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 05:24 PM
wait. so theres more products out there like starlite? isnt aerogel that stuff in shoes?
how come these products arent talked about? this is my first time ever hearing about anything like it.

posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 05:31 PM
Well you can buy Insoles with Aerogel in em for about 30 bucks CND so it ain't cheap, I don't know of any shoes with Aerogel built into them but if they do I WANT SOME.

Aerogel is also used as insulation on the Shuttles fuel tanks as well.

Aerogel is composed of 99.8% air with a typical density of 3 mg/cm3. It feels like hard foam. Pressing softly won't leave any mark; pressing harder will leave a permanent dimple. Pressing hard enough will cause a catastrophic breakdown in the sparse structure causing it to shatter like glass (known as friability). Despite the fact that it is prone to shattering, it is very strong structurally, able to hold over 2000 times its own weight. Its impressive load bearing abilities are due to the dendritic microstructure, with spherical particles of average size 2-5 nm fused together to clusters, forming a three-dimensional highly porous structure of fractal-like chains with pores smaller than 100 nanometers. The average size and density of pores can be controlled during manufacture.

Aerogel is a remarkable insulator because it almost nullifies three methods of heat transfer (convection, conduction or radiation). It is a good convective inhibitor because air cannot circulate throughout the lattice. Silica aerogel is a good conductive insulator because silica is a poor conductor of heat. (Metallic aerogel, on the other hand, is a better heat conductor.) Carbon aerogel is a good radiative insulator because carbon absorbs the infrared radiation that transfers heat. The most insulative aerogel is silica aerogel with carbon added to it. SEAgel is a material similar to organic aerogel, made of agar, with a taste and consistency similar to rice cakes.

Silica aerogel is the most common type of aerogel and the most extensively studied and used. It is a silica-based substance and the world's lowest-density solid. It is derived from silica gel. The latest and lightest versions of this substance have a density 1.9 mg/cm3 (i.e., 1/530 as dense as water), and are produced by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Silica aerogel strongly absorbs infrared radiation. It allows construction of materials that let the light into the buildings, but traps heat for solar heating.

It has extremely low thermal conductivity (approx. 0.017 W/(m·K)), which gives it remarkable insulative properties. Its melting point is 1,200 °C (2,192 °F).

Silica aerogel holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records for material properties, including best insulator and lowest-density solid.

Here is another picture.

As for people talking about them there are a few threads on ATS if you look hard enough. I personally believe that the reason no one talks about Starlite is because it's obsolete.

[edit on 14-2-2006 by sardion2000]

posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 05:33 PM
"Nomex" is the material commonly used in racing suits. It is used for it's combination of tenacity and fire-retardent level. The "aerogel" material does not appear to strong, so it's practical applications are probably more limited.

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