Glass construction companies face the problem, that coatings on façade glass to enhance the cleanness are demanded by the customers. These polymer coatings have to be applied at the glass. However, there is currently no measurement technique available to determine, if the hydrophobic coating is still on the façade or if the coating has to be reapplied. New polymer deposition means demounting the glass plates! The current status of the industrial use is, that glass companies apply these coatings like an alchemy recipe. There exists no information or data about durability and effectiveness. This goal of this project is to develop a mobile sensor, which allows nondestructively testing whether or not (and also quantitatively how much of) the hydrophobic coating is still on glass facades. This sensor will allow measuring the coating quality of glass plates to be mounted and thereby avoid unnecessary mounting and de-mounting work. The SME proposers will exploit this new technology by using the sensor themselves, and opening a new market in consulting glass façade owners in the right surface treatment and cleaning intervals and by selling measurements.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
60314 Frankfurt Am Main