A Zircotec coating is applied to the rims of carbon composite bicycle wheels to provide a tough, long lasting and durable braking surface.
A Zircotec coating is applied to the rims of carbon composite bicycle wheels to provide a tough, long lasting and durable braking surface.

The Zircotec coating is called ThermoHold® for Composites.

The coating is being used in Formula One (F1) racing this year to allow 650°C exhaust gases to be routed through the car’s carbon fibre diffuser. Other applications range from aerospace components to carbon composite cycle wheels.

The coating is applied to a thickness of less than 500 microns by Zircotec, of Abingdon, UK, using a plasma spray process. Carbon composite components can be coated with ceramic, aluminium, stainless steel and molybdenum to protect against temperature, wear or a combination of the two.

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