Durable, Non-Skid Coating for Carriers

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.

DOD Participation:

  • Program Executive Officer (PEO), Aircraft Carriers
  • PEO Carriers
  • U.S. Navy (Puget Sound)
  • U.S. Navy (Pearl Harbor)
  • Naval Research Lab, Key West (NRLKW)

Industry Participation:

  • Penn State ARL
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Euclid Chemical
  • NCMS

Final Report