Integrated Corrosion System

NCMS Project #: 140830

Problem: The large array of coating systems used on vehicles, military and civilian, has driven a layer-by-layer approach to improved corrosion. This places a compatibility constraint on development in any given layer. As a result, corrosion performance may be reduced in order to achieve inter-layer compatibility.

Benefit: Developing a coating system that is dual-use has the potential to improve the maintenance risks related to older systems or systems with unknown coatings. Since breaking into the military market is difficult, application of dual-use technology can open up markets and opportunities for smaller suppliers that bring novel technology to this project. This not only includes commercial vehicles subjected to highly corrosive environments, but also structures and bridges where mitigating actions are required to keep them in service over years of use. Technology advances from this effort can be transitioned back into the industrial segment.

Solution/Approach: A number of projects have investigated improving performance of various layers of industrial and military coating systems. The project objective is to optimize coating system compatibilities by developing a new liquid CARC coating system that has significant corrosion, chip, and abrasion resistance, using the latest automotive and industrial coating technology. Work will also include application, removal, and maintenance-related activities for the new paint system – making the coating system depot-ready and available for commercial use.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Environmentally-friendly and easy-to-use
  • Reduced maintenance times
  • Legacy equipment life extensions
  • Improved readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army TARDEC
  • U.S. Army Research Lab

Industry Participation:

  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • North Dakota State University
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Coatings/corrosion prevention