Coating Solutions for Corrosion Inhibition
and Chemical Warfare Agent Decontamination
Many Chemical Warfare (CW) agents can cause undetectable corrosion problems that accumulate over time to become significant maintenance and repair problems or catastrophic failures. In addition to the CW threat, the decontaminating agents used for detoxifying the surface-borne toxic CW agents can cause severe corrosion of the material surfaces.
Protection of military hardware (Army, Navy and Air Force) in a CW environment is a critical concern to DOD. A simple decontamination solution that does not damage parts or materials is safe for personnel and results in non-toxic waste products is needed for rapidly decontaminating military parts. This decontamination solution also must be fast acting (minutes), effective against both biological and chemical agents, and have a long shelf life.
Mainstream developed patented blend compounds with the properties to decontaminate and detoxify, inhibit corrosion of aluminum and steels, and inhibit degradation of composites. Our researchers are investigating these compounds for this application. We are also evaluating nanomaterials for synergies in these formulations.
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