For millions of years nature has been developing unequalled solutions to many differing requirements. Today, science use the development concepts of nature and transfer them into fascinating technical applications.
This method is focused in the term "Bionic".
With BIONIC-FINISH-RUDOLF® we have developed a unique, patented system for the water repellent or the combined water repellent, oil repellent and soil repellent finish of textiles. Contrary to conventional technologies we make use of the self-orientation of star-shapedly branched polymers (so-called dendrimers), which allows the only complete fibre protection system worldwide, from industrial textile finishing (flock, yarn, piece or garment) to household wear and care.
In millions of years, nature has developed unique solutions for the most diverse requirements. Today, science makes use of nature‘s development concepts and applies them to fascinating technical applications.
This method finds its focus in the term Bionic, which means learning from nature. Technical applications, which have been developed from Bionic, are today to be found in the automotive, aircraft and construction industry.
What is Bionic? How does Bionic work?
The shark furnishes the best explanations. His hydrodynamic shape is highly adapted and makes him the perfect hunter of the oceans. Apart from his hunting strategy, is this the only property that makes him successful? Has nature only for this reason left the basic structure unchanged for more than 100 million years?
Contrary to the assumption that the shark‘s skin is a smooth surface, it was found that it is coarse. Microscopically small longitudinal grooves, so-called riblets, make the water pass their bodies in a controlled manner, because they reduce friction in the water. This is why there is no other, faster hunter in the water than the shark. The shark-skin effect of competitive swimsuits thus is one of the most well-known findings of Bionic.
Since many hydrodynamic laws are also valid for aerodynamics, aerodynamic transfers to the automobile and aircraft construction following the example of the shark are not a coincidence.
The use of surface structures that are similar to those of the shark’s skin save fuel. A transfer to textile applications can be found in swimming. Competitive swimmers can glide faster in water with bionically optimised swimsuits.
The world-wide first complete water-repellent system for the textile industry
The result of intensive R&D work is a patented product system, based on the findings of a Bionic system. By the use of starlike, branched polymers , water and oil-repellent effects with a simultaneously reduced fluorocarbon resin content can be obtained.
RUDOLF GROUP synthetise these hyperbranched polymers, which are capable of building up crystal structures, that produce wash and highly abrasion-resistant, water-repellent effects.
Dendrimers have the ability to self-organise. Complex crystallisation processes, which are triggered off after the application to textiles, are very important here.
An invisible, water-repellent protective shield forms on the textile due to crystallisation, the orientation of dedrimers and the connection to the textile surface.
Depending on the requirements special additives cause an extension of the effects with regard to oil- and soil-repellency, resistance to washing/dry cleaning, but also to mechanical abrasion.
Thus a complete product line of effect- and process-optimised products arises from the dendrimer chemistry, which are marketed under the names ®RUCO-DRY (FC-free) and ®RUCOSTAR (FC-containing).