Element 119 LLC is a leader in the development of specialized coatings. Presently, that Navy reports that “corrosion is a big issue for the Navy and combat systems because it’s so aggressive in the marine environment,” said Armen Kvryan, lead materials engineer at NSWC PHD. “With these assets, corrosion happens quicker than what we anticipate, and (once affected), the asset either stops working properly or stops working altogether.” According to Popular Mechanics,
rust typically costs the U.S. Navy about $3 billion a year, or roughly $10.2 million per ship in its fleet. Presently, the Navy is looking for technologies for corrosion prevention or aerospace materials that includes cleaning, preservation, temporary protective coatings, and organic coatings.
Navy Coatings for Corrosion Prevention and Protection
Element 119 LLC has a coating that has been developed within its lab that can address the Navy’s need. The current, traditional military coatings are layered applications that offer corrosion control and surface barrier protection, but these coatings have several limitations. First, the coatings do not stand up well in harsh environmental conditions, therefore they need to be reapplied more frequently. Second, traditional coatings must be applied in several layers, therefore are time-consuming and costly to apply. For example, powder coatings are usually
labor intensive and usually require many applications. Our new coating solution at a TRL level 7 and appears to be durable enough to replace powder coatings. The technology represents a new state of the art next generation coating. In order to advance in the TRL level, the current prototypes need to further development to meet gloss/matte levels required for DOD use. The ratio of resins in the system should also be dialed in to further improve performance. We also need to investigate the added benefits vs cost of higher film builds (thicknesses) and the effects of pigments and matting agents on the coating shelf stability and performance. After which, we need access to DOD equipment for in the field application and testing. We anticipate a replacement solution for current corrosion coatings that can be mass-produced in our commercial production facility in Thomaston, CT leveraging much of the same equipment used in our current product line.