Originally developed for the medical and biotech industries, Hydrogel is an amazingly versatile conductive copolymer adhesive gel that has become a key component of the breacher's tool kit. The material replaces or reduces the need for putty and/or riggers' tape and will adhere to almost all surfaces in most environmental temperatures.
The ultra-sticky Hydrogel is 25 mils thick and comes in protective plastic sheaths that keep the Gel clean. The topmost sheath has a blue tint for easy visibility before application.
Hydrogel is a conductive hydrophilic/hydrophobic copolymer adhesive gel that resists fluid and conforms well to just about all surfaces (sticks to just about everything). Hydrogel is most commonly associated with medical industry - yes, that sticky backing on those EKG electrode pads. Hydrogel offers an adhesive, breathable polyurethane border, eliminating the need for tapes and conforms to hard-to-dress areas. Used within a burn and wound sheet dressing, the Hydrogel protects the wound from dehydration and exogenous contamination.
More recently it has found uses within the construction industry (acts as a medium in which an ionic current will flow through and ultimately protects rebar from corrosion) and more importantly within the military as a key component of the breacher's tool kit. Because of the nature of this gel, Hydrogel will adhere to almost all surfaces in most environmental temperatures. This material can be easily cut into thinner width strips and shorter lengths to build traditional or custom charges. The material replaces or reduces the need for putty and/or riggers' tape. Look for Hydrogel material in new technologies like SmartSkin for use within the diving industry.