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Flame Proof - Starlite (can withstand temperatures of 2,700 degrees Centigrade)
alternative science ^

Posted on 10/06/2004 8:37:50 AM PDT by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-

Too hot to handle

In April 1993, the defence magazine Jane's International Defence Review announced the discovery by a British amateur inventor, Maurice Ward, of a thin plastic coating able to withstand temperatures of 2,700 degrees Centigrade

The reason why it was a defence magazine who first published news of This revolutionary invention is that the coating is so resistant to heat that it can make tanks, ships and aircraft impervious to the effects of nuclear weapons at quite close range -- and hence is of great interest to the military mind.

A little later that year the whole nation had an opportunity to see for themselves the effectiveness of Maurice Ward's new paint on BBC Television when it was featured on "Tomorrow's World". Presenter Michael Rodd showed viewers an ordinary chicken's egg that had been painted with the new coating. The paint was so thin it was not visible. Rodd then dramatically donned welder's visor and gauntlets, lit up an oxyacetylene torch, and played the flame directly onto the egg for several minutes.

When he removed the flame, and cracked the egg on the table top, viewers were able to see that the coating was so heat resistant that the egg was still raw and had not even begun to cook.

This invention, a simple paint that can render anything impervious to very high temperatures, has been the holy grail of chemical research for more than fifty years. Teams of scientists in the world's greatest industrial and defence laboratories have poured billions of pounds and hundreds of man-years into the search for such a substance -- a quest which made Ward's discovery even more extraordinary.

Ward's invention is remarkable enough, but the story of how he came to make it, and the resistance he encountered in getting anyone to believe him, is even more remarkable.

Maurice Ward comes from Blackburn and has no professional scientific background. The closest he has come to the chemical industry was when, as a young man, he drove a fork lift truck in the warehouse of ICI. For the past two decades, he has earned a living as a ladies hairdresser.

Part of his income was derived from selling his customers hair preparations such as shampoo, conditioner and hairspray. To maximise his income he rented a small workshop, bought standard chemicals and mixed and bottled his own brand hair products.

In the best traditions of Ealing Comedy, it was when playing around mixing up chemicals in his 'skunk works' that Ward stumbled on the formula that had eluded the finest minds in chemical research.

Realising at once the value of his invention, Ward wrote to Britain's major chemical companies, offering to demonstrate his material to them. Every one sent him the standard brush-off letter they send to cranks and crackpots. After the "Tomorrow's World" demonstration, Ward stopped getting the brush-off and starting getting offers instead.

One consequence of his contacts with chemical companies was that the head of research of ICI's paint laboratory left the firm and went into partnership with Ward to exploit the discovery commercially.

One other interesting consequence is that the large corporations who had rejected his initial approaches in such a knee-jerk fashion, conducted internal inquests to find out what had gone wrong, both with their own research and with their dealings with the outside world.

On the face of it, it was perfectly understandable that Ward's claims should be ignored since he was merely an amateur, with no scientific training and no track record in research.

ICI's own paints laboratory held an internal audit and what they found puts this claim in an entirely different light. For the audit showed that the most scientifically qualified of its research chemists had contributed to the least number of patents, and the fewer scientific qualifications the staff possessed, the greater the number of patents they had contributed to. In the most striking case of all, the person who had contributed to most ICI's patents had no scientific qualifications at all.

It seems that Maurice Ward's greatest strength as a researcher was that he had not been taught how to think.

In the light of examples such as this, the phrase 'Alternative Science' seems less a contradiction in terms and more a harbinger of something that professional science is likely to see more and more of in future.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: flameproof; miltech; space; starlite
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1 posted on 10/06/2004 8:37:51 AM PDT by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-

Remimds me of that flameproof coating in Fahringheit 451.


2 posted on 10/06/2004 8:40:17 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-
I heard about this fellow a few years ago, but never heard anything more.

Would this material be helpful in Dick Rutan's new orbiter?

3 posted on 10/06/2004 8:41:39 AM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-

"Ward's greatest strength as a researcher was that he had not been (formally) taught how to think."

Most important sentence in the whole article!! (formally) is my own insertion.


4 posted on 10/06/2004 8:41:59 AM PDT by spoiler2
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-

No more ASBESTOS UNDERWEAR! I'll be donning STARLITE!


5 posted on 10/06/2004 8:43:05 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you shoot from the hip enough times, eventually you'll shoot yourself in the a$$......)
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To: atomicpossum

If real this would be very useful to anyone looking for a better way to deal with the heat from re-entry.


6 posted on 10/06/2004 8:43:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin (We have low inflation and and low unemployment.)
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-
Maybe Saddam would be interested in the stuff.
I understand that where he is going is is very, very warm.
7 posted on 10/06/2004 8:44:28 AM PDT by DSBull (Truth is the light of the World, shine it everywhere)
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Perfect for steel fireproofing


8 posted on 10/06/2004 8:45:02 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Constitution Day

Don't always need the degree to be good at what you do!

You might find interest in this.


9 posted on 10/06/2004 8:45:13 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance ( "Stay safe in the "sandbox", cuz!)
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-
The paint was so thin it was not visible. Rodd then dramatically donned welder's visor and gauntlets, lit up an oxyacetylene torch, and played the flame directly onto the egg for several minutes.

When he removed the flame, and cracked the egg on the table top, viewers were able to see that the coating was so heat resistant that the egg was still raw and had not even begun to cook.

This I "gotta see".

10 posted on 10/06/2004 8:45:49 AM PDT by AndrewC (I also think that Carthage should be destroyed. - Cato)
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To: Red Badger

Dude, its a PAINT coating. Ever spill paint thinner in the "underwear area"?

Good luck doffing the starlite skivvies!


11 posted on 10/06/2004 8:46:37 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance ( "Stay safe in the "sandbox", cuz!)
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Story sounds just like the story of the Carlson guy who created the first "XEROX" copy. All the BIG WIGS (IBM, RCA, KODAK, GE) told him to go and play with his toy, They knew what businesses wanted and he was a fool......


12 posted on 10/06/2004 8:46:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you shoot from the hip enough times, eventually you'll shoot yourself in the a$$......)
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To: AndrewC

http://www.alternativescience.com/flame-proof.htm

ther is a photo.


13 posted on 10/06/2004 8:47:13 AM PDT by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-
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To: atomicpossum

It would be helpful to a lot of things. Like what would happen to engine parts if you were able to coat them with this material, heatless friction.


14 posted on 10/06/2004 8:47:40 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

OK, so I'll get a BODY ARTIST to cover my @$$.......


15 posted on 10/06/2004 8:48:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you shoot from the hip enough times, eventually you'll shoot yourself in the a$$......)
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-

I read about "Starlight"
But if it is so great...where are the products?
This is the same stuff as the Moler "Spaceship" basicly
a plane with fans to make it lift, but it doesnt really fly around. Moler shows it around, to raise money, but rarely demonstrates it's abilities. The Military already far surpassed it's abilities. and there is no civillian cheap flying Car.

Starlight, even if it is used by the military, would by now have civillian uses. Firewalls of cars, fireproof housepaints,baby cribs, gloves, heatshields. but none exist.


16 posted on 10/06/2004 8:49:01 AM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Thanks! I'll check it out in a little while; headed to lunch now.


17 posted on 10/06/2004 8:51:56 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread58803/pg1 is a page with a lot of links and some discussion about this material. BEWARE THE POP-UPS, THOUGH.
18 posted on 10/06/2004 8:53:00 AM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-

Cool. I mean this is going to be hot. Because it keeps things cool.


19 posted on 10/06/2004 8:53:19 AM PDT by stevio (The Clinton '94 gun ban sunset! WooHoo!)
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-
This revolutionary invention is that the coating is so resistant to heat that it can make tanks, ships and aircraft impervious to the effects of nuclear weapons at quite close range -- and hence is of great interest to the military mind.

But the neutron blast is still going to kill everyone inside while the shock wave blows it to bits.

I wonder what "alternative physics" this writer practices.

20 posted on 10/06/2004 8:53:37 AM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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