At the core of our technology is the dilatant gel that hardens when a force is applied, in a process known as shear thickening. When the gels we are developing experience a force, they shear thicken to a viscosity high enough that they can support the weight of any size vehicle. This process is the result of the molecules responding to force by creating firm stacks instead of sliding past each other.
In addition to developing a more effective shear thickening fluid, we are continuing to develop a bag to contain this fluid. Through many iterations, we have tested and prototyped over a dozen different bag materials and designs in order to develop a puncture resistant, cost effective, and highly flexible bag. Our current “Generation 5” material has an impermeable and flexible polymer coating applied to a strong mesh weave base. With the help of a local tent manufacturer this product is seam welded into a bladder shape with a roll top closure.
Take a look at our multi-generational process of testing & refinement, all leading up to the current prototype.
Take a look at these videos that show Hole Patch in action.
Hole Patch was the genesis of a 1st place finish at the Saint-Gobain Design Competition, during which the company’s founding team developed initial prototypes and subsequently tested them throughout the roads of East Cleveland. The extraordinary results served as an impetus for a patent application and the formation of a Limited Liability Corporation.
Ever since, Hole Patch has continued developing its product and working with local municipalities to validate its product. Hole Patch aims on using this funding to continue product development and finance a large scale field testing initiative needed to validate the product’s efficacy.