Environmentally Friendly Cold Plasma Coating Removal Techniques

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,866.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-09-C-5607
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-041-0487
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF081-041
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
Atmospheric Plasma Solutions
11301 Penny Road, Suite D, Cary, NC, 27518
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196418052
Principal Investigator:
Peter J Yancey
President
(919) 341-8325
pyancey@aplasmasolution.com
Business Contact:
Jerome Cuomo
Vice President
(919) 341-8325
jcuomo@aplasmasolution.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The DOD requires an environmentally friendly, rapid, and non-destructive method to selectively remove coatings from composite substrates.  Atmospheric Plasma Solutions Inc. (APS) has developed a cold atmospheric plasma process to accomplish this goal. Current processes for the removal of coatings from composite materials are slow, expensive, and potentially damaging to the environment. APS has demonstrated in our Phase I SBIR project the feasibility of using a highly ionized non-thermal cold atmospheric plasma process to quickly and efficiently remove coatings from a wide variety of composite and temperature sensitive substrates.  The APS technology is inherently scalable to meet NDI applications,  field repair applications as well as large scale depot operations. BENEFITS: This Phase II project will further develop of a truly portable, selective coating removal technology for temperature sensitive composite materials based on a cold atmospheric plasma process. Commercial applications include the depainting of both military and civilian aircraft, spacecraft, ships, and land based platforms. This technology may also be applied to the industrial coating removal markets for structures such as bridges and buildings. Further process refinements will make this technology available to the automotive repaint market and eventually to consumer coating removal products.

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