USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Powder Coating

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX 78733-
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Powder Coating
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-11-M-5152
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Powder coatings are finding favor with the Air Force due to their reduction in hazardous waste streams since it is a 100% solids process. Unfortunately, traditional methods are not easily adaptable to large parts, as they can not be placed into an oven for curing. The development of an effective ultraviolet radiation curing powder coating (UVCPC )would allow larger parts to be easily coated and the coating could be cured in place. Texas Research Institute Austin Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes a novel UVCPC based in part on previous work in this area. The unique materials will provide the proper cure profile and exhibit excellent mechanical and environmental properties. The goal of the Phase I is to prepare a UVCPC that will readily cure and pass a specified test protocol adapted from MIL-PRF-85285, MIL-PRF-23377, and MIL-PRF-32239. During Phase I, TRI/Austin will be working with a leader in powder coating technology to produce specimens for evaluation. Mechanical and environmental testing will show that the coating technology could be a drop-in replacement for current military specification coatings. The novel materials proposed for this effort will result in a high quality powder coating that will find application on aircraft and other platforms. BENEFIT: The advanced UVCPC will be beneficial as an environmentally friendly replacement to current solvent based systems on military aircraft. Additional applications for this novel technology would include Navy aircraft, surface ships, and submarines, as well as support equipment for all DoD agencies. Commercial applications would include decorative coatings, particularly for those that require a reduced heat cure.

Principal Investigator:

Brad Rix
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101

Business Contact:

Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
Small Business Information at Submission:

Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 742518103
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No