NCMS Project #: 140399
Problem: The lack of durability of non-skid coatings on aircraft carrier decks is one of the major problem areas within NAVSEA. Flight deck non-skid coatings on CVN and LHA/LHD platforms must withstand extreme service conditions, including impact, abrasion, exposure to organic fuels and lubricants, as well as, frequent cleaning.
- Increased readiness time
- Longer repair frequency cycle
- Long-term cost reduction for repair
- VTOL exhaust resistance
Solution/Approach: A polymeric non-skid coating will be developed. Leverage the advanced polymer chemistry used in roadway overlays and utilize ultra-tough, state-of-the art abrasives used in long-life steel cutting and grinding tools to support vehicular traffic within 4 hours of application at 50ºF. A conventional rolled-on formulation and a semi-automated spray-applied formulation will be developed.
Impact on Warfighter:
- Improved safety – aircraft do not slide
- Carriers deployed longer if necessary, and at-sea repairs will be eliminated.
- Program Executive Officer (PEO), Aircraft Carriers
- PEO Carriers
- U.S. Navy (Puget Sound)
- U.S. Navy (Pearl Harbor)
- Naval Research Lab, Key West (NRLKW)
- Penn State ARL
- Pratt & Whitney
- Euclid Chemical