ACL Staticide

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ACL Staticide


Composite Decking Static Electricity Solution

ACL Staticide®

Proven effective after years of use in industrial, commercial and institutional facilities, Staticide® has become a trusted name in static protection and the closest thing there is to “static control insurance”.

Anti-static topicals are easy-to-use solutions that reduce static electricity. Staticide® anti-stats decay static to a zero charge fast. It is also formulated to be effective independent of relative humidity.

ACL Staticide 946ml Heavy Duty Anit-Static Spray Cleaner, trigger bottle - coverage 46-92sqm

Staticide 946ml Heavy Duty Anit-Static Spray Cleaner, trigger bottle – coverage 46-92sqm

Inhibits Static On All Surfaces

Using Staticide can prevent damage to sensitive electronic equipment, components, and sub-assemblies during manufacture, shipping or receiving by reducing a static charge to zero volts. This solution inhibits charge generation on all surfaces it’s applied to including tote boxes and carriers used to process and store electronic components. Using Staticide® can also reduce dust, dirt, and bacteria attraction by removing the charge. Non-toxic and safe to use, this solution can be used in industrial, institutional, and commercial environments.

  • Staticide can be applied by spraying, wiping, dipping, transfer roller coating, gravure coating or flexographic printing.
  • Every Staticide topical dilution is proven to be effective in relative humidity below 15%.
  • Exceeds MIL-B-81705 specifications for static decay in accordance with Federal Test Standard 101, method 4046
  • 1 litre covers approximately 50sqm and will last from weeks to months, depending on the application and the material it’s applied to.
  • Staticide can be applied by spraying, wiping, dipping, transfer roller coating, gravure coating or flexographic printing.

The Heavy Duty Staticide can be used as a maintenance product for eliminating static from composite decking. This product is not a permanent coating. It is a topical anti-stat that leaves behind a surface-active residual substance that washes away with water. It will have to be reapplied after it rains. Static generated from composite materials seems to go away as the material ages, so the Staticide product only has to be used regularly in the first year and then periodically after that if necessary.

The Heavy Duty Staticide (#2002 in gallons) is our topical anti-stat we recommend for decks. It is made of surfactants and water. Even though surfactants by nature are slippery, this product is used on a variety of surfaces including floor decking materials. If the product is too “slippery” or “filmy” after use, it can be washed off with water and reapplied with a diluted version. The Heavy Duty can be diluted as much as 1:1.5. We recommend using the product “as is” but if you want to dilute, dilute with either water or isopropyl alcohol (or a blend).

The agent can be put into a home garden spray (one that provides pressure is best) for the application on their deck. This solution can also be used on the composite decking material being shipped to the building site to prevent static charges created during shipping and installation.

It is not flammable.

 

What is Static Electricity

A static electric charge is created whenever two surfaces contact and separate, and at least one of the surfaces has a high resistance to electrical current (and is therefore an electrical insulator).  This can occur with many different everyday products including clothes, carpet, linoleum, composite decking, and even concrete. It can be found in homes, offices, factories and even in nature with lightning a spectacular example.

It has many practical applications. Laser printers and photocopiers use static electricity to build up ink on a drum and transfer it to paper. Crop spraying also relies on static electricity to help herbicides stick to the foliage of plants and distribute themselves evenly over the leaves. Factory paint-spraying robots use a similar trick to ensure that paint droplets are attracted to metal car bodies and not the machinery around them. In many power plants and chemical factories, static electricity is used in smokestacks to scrub away pollution.

Of course, static electricity has its drawbacks too. It can cause sparks and explosions in fuel depots and stray static is a real nuisance if you’re working with electronic components. That’s why engineers and chemists have developed all kinds of anti-static technologies (from simple wires to ingenious, slightly conducting paints and coatings) that prevent static build up in sensitive places.

Definition of Static Electricity:

 static electricity n.

  1. An accumulation of electric charge on an insulated body.
  2. Electric discharge resulting from the accumulation of electric charge on an insulated body.

Amount of Static Electricity Generated

What determines the amount of static electricity generated in any given situation? Generally, there are a variety of influencing factors. These include material composition, surface area, environmental conditions and the state of the contact surfaces. The chart below is a portion of the Triboelectric Series. This chart shows the static buildup tendencies of various materials and is called a “static buildup array”.

When two materials from the static buildup array are touched together, materials nearer the top of the graph will tend to have a positive charge, while materials nearer the bottom of the array will tend to have a negative charge. However, the order of this static buildup array is not necessarily reproducible. It should be noted that the order will change depending on the influence of environmental conditions, the state of the contact surfaces, and other factors.

Triboelectric Series

Triboelectric Series

THE TRIBOELECTRIC EFFECT/SERIES:

The triboelectric effect is related to friction because they both involve adhesion. However, the effect is greatly enhanced by rubbing the materials together, as they touch and separate many times. For surfaces with differing geometry, rubbing may also lead to heating of protrusions, causing pyroelectric charge separation which may add to the existing contact electrification, or which may oppose the existing polarity.

Because the surface of the material is now electrically charged, either negatively or positively, any contact with an uncharged conductive object or with an object having substantially different charge may cause an electrical discharge of the built-up static electricity. A person simply walking across a carpet may build up a charge of many thousands of volts, enough to cause a spark one centimetre long or more. Low relative humidity in the ambient air increases the voltage at which electrical discharge occurs by increasing the ability of the insulating material to hold charge and by decreasing the conductivity of the air, making it difficult for the charge build-up to dissipate gradually. Simply removing a nylon shirt can also create sparks. Car travel can lead to a build-up of charge on the driver and passengers due to friction between the driver’s clothes and the leather or plastic furnishings inside the vehicle. This charge can then be relaxed as a spark to the metal car body, fuel dispensers, or nearby door handles, etc. While the vehicle’s body itself can build up a static charge it can relax through the carbon in the tires. If it remains charged when parked, sparks may jump from the door frame to occupants as they make contact with the ground.

SOLUTIONS FOR INSULATORS

Unlike conductors, insulators do not allow the flow of electricity. Therefore, static electricity cannot be removed from insulators the same way it can from conductors. There are a number of methods primarily used to remove static charges from insulators.

Watering

In most cases hosing down the surface will dissipate the static charge as water is conductive. Although this is the easiest and cheapest solution it certainly isn’t going to be acceptable in all applications.

Humidity Control

Typically in Perth, static electricity occurs more in the summer than it does in the winter. This is due largely to the effects of ambient humidity. Higher humidity causes greater moisture on the surface of the insulator. Water is conductive and forms a film on the surface of the insulator. This, in turn, reduces the resistance of the insulator and results in a decreased electrical charge.

Conductivity

Anti-static agents can be sprayed or rolled onto the surface of insulators to create a conductive film that prevents the insulator from becoming electrically charged.

Grounding

Consult with an electrician to determine the best method for this.

But it will more than likely make no difference to composite decking as you can only ground a conductor.

Static electricity is not unique to composite decking and can be easily controlled.


 

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