Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) Process Enhancements for Maintenance and Sustainment

NCMS Project #: 142062

Problem: CARC (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating) is a paint used on vehicles to make metal surfaces highly resistant to corrosion and penetration.  Improvements to coatings technology and substrate material requirements impact the coating’s ability to effectively mitigate corrosion, and is a necessity to eliminate potential damages to substrates caused by friction wear and harsh environmental conditions.  There is a need to better understand whether different substrates require different corrosion protection, and how.

Benefit: Developing a more agile CARC process and application through specific substrate research that military, commercial, and local governments can use will reduce overall maintenance and sustainment costs and increase longevity of both new and legacy assets. 

Solution/Approach: This initiative will modify existing liquid CARC coating system layers to improve performance on various substrates of interest.  The focus is to achieve the best corrosion protection across all substrates while remaining compatible with current CARC topcoats.  The project team will document any changes recommended to original equipment manufacturers, maintenance, and part/subcomponent application processes

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Extend lifetime of current and new assets 
  • Ensure safety of assets and personnel 
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Increase warfighter operational readiness 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • North Dakota State University (NDSU)
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Durability
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Coatings/corrosion prevention