By David Crane
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September 7, 2012
NewScientist recently published a short piece on "heat-proof" military camouflage face paint, which could more accurately be described heat-resistant military face paint/camo paint being developed for te U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). According to the piece, the new camo paint can protect "guarded areas" on military infantry warfighters/soldiers against blasts that exceed 600 degrees Celsius / 1112 degrees Fahrenheit for the required 2 seconds and has proven to protect bare hands and feet for 15 seconds "before mild, first-degree burns appeared", which should give the wearer time to move out of the danger zone.
The new anti-blast/anti-heat camouflage face paint, recently shown at a "broader symposium on innovations in ingredients for personal care products" at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), was developed by a team at the University of Southern Mississipi (USM), and had to meet a variety of U.S. military specifications, including the 30% DEET (industrial-grade insect repellent) requirement. The chemists involved are Dr. Paige Buchanan, Kelli Booth, Michelle McClusky, Laura Anderson, and Robert Lochhead, Ph.D., but DefenseReview (DR) doesn't know their precise respective roles in the effort.
Defense Review found the following passage from a press release on the new product interesting:
The trickiest part was that the University of Southern Mississippi team had to avoid the use of mineral oil, mineral spirits, fatty substances and other traditional hydrocarbon makeup ingredients. Hydrocarbons can burn in contact with intense heat in the flame spectrum. The team turned to silicones, which are not as flammable because they absorb radiation at wavelengths outside of the intense heat spectrum. Silicones have been replacing hydrocarbons in many commercial cosmetic makeup products as cosmetics companies improve products to confer better feel properties and transfer-resistance.
It would be interesting to see if an anti-thermal/IR (Infrared)-detection aspect can be integrated into the new camo face paint that provides the same anti-thermal/IR-detection capability as the INTERMAT Chameleon series of Low Observation Paints (LOP). DR wrote about Intermat's Chameleon camo face paint in 2005.
A colorless version of the new face paint is being developed for firefighters, and the the team will be testing its viability for various commercial applications, including clothing and tents.
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