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ELECTRODEPOSITION OF POLYMER COATINGS IN AIRCRAFT FUEL TANKS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
20750
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
20750
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Electrochemical Systems, Inc.
9052 High Bridge Drive Knoxville, TN 37922
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: ELECTRODEPOSITION OF POLYMER COATINGS IN AIRCRAFT FUEL TANKS
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $58,650.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal is in response to the topic objective to apply and control the application of multilayer seal coatings on all surfaces of integral fuel tanks. An alternate polymer deposition method is proposed to meet the objective without the need for expensive, complex sensors and controls. A polymer coating, composed of Teflon and a second resin, is to be deposited electrochemically from aqueous solution. This polymer coating process automatically gives a uniform coating free of pinholes. A pretreatment prepares the surface of aluminum tanks for polymer electrodeposition. The polymer coating process can be adjusted to obtain any coating thickness desired. The polymer coating process uses an aqueous system which obviates expensive enviromental and safety constraints associated with the organic solvents currently-used in coating fuel tanks. Corrosion, fuel-compatibility, and adhesion tests will be carried out to evaluate the coatings. Deliverables from Phase I will be test data and a demonstration small-scale simulated fuel tank. A successful process from Phase II will be licensed to manufacturers.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Theodore R. Beck
2062857404

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Electrochemical Technology
1601 Dexter Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No