warpaint Scientists develop face paint that can resist heat from bombs

Scientists have come up with a way to make face paint that can resist the heat of bombs, a potentially life-saving discovery for the military and fire brigade.

Scientists have come up with a way to make face paint that can resist the heat of bombs, a potentially life-saving discovery for the military and fire brigade.

 
The University of South Mississippi developed the new face paint, which can resist temperatures of up to 600 degrees Celsius for up to 15 seconds, while heatwaves from a bomb blast last just two seconds.
 
Traditional military face paint usually contains highly flammable ingredients, including oil, wax and an insect repellent called Deet. The researchers used silicone, which is heat-reflective, and mixed the insect repellent with a hydrogel substance to remove its flammability.
 
warpaint Scientists develop face paint that can resist heat from bombs
 
The result is that soldiers will be safer in battle than ever, but the development can also be extended beyond merely face paint. The waterproof material can be used to coat clothing, tents and even vehicles like tanks. The team are also working on a clear version for firefighters who don't fancy donning war paint.
 
The project was funded by the US Department of Defense, demonstrating the reality that much of the technological advances we make are developed for war, but are usually also useful in a wide range of other sectors.
 
Source: BBC