Environmentally Friendly Cold Plasma Coating Removal Techniques

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-C-5607
Agency Tracking Number: F081-041-0487
Amount: $749,866.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-041
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-06-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-06-05
Small Business Information
11301 Penny Road, Suite D, Cary, NC, 27518
DUNS: 196418052
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter J Yancey
 (919) 341-8325
Business Contact
 Jerome Cuomo
Title: Vice President
Phone: (919) 341-8325
Email: jcuomo@aplasmasolution.com
Research Institution
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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