Barrier material with liquid detection

Technology developed to detect liquid breach of a barrier material. Originally developed for mattress coverings in the healthcare space, this may have broader applications in the consumer and other industrial segments. The patent and related know-how is available for license.

 A multiple layer composite material having fluid breach detection features provides indication of a failure in a fluid barrier. The indication of breach of fluid is provided before failure of a final layer of the composite material. The multiple layer composite material includes more than one fluid impermeable layer with an intermediate layer sealed between the fluid impermeable layers. Failure of one of the fluid impermeable layers is detected by fluid contact in the intermediate layer. The intermediate layer includes a reagent and/or detection device to indicate that the fluid has reached the intermediate layer.