A client’s application joins cellulose and a resin binder. A combination of the binding agent and fibers sticks to the surface of the steel. The organization therefore seeks novel foams, coatings, and gels to act as a physical buffer between the fibers and the steel. The physical buffer must function up to temperatures of 400 °F. The solution may also provide a blanketing function to keep all particles together during transport of the loose fibers.