In-Situ Applied Omniphobic Coatings for Water Pipeline Repair and Retrofitting

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EPD17040
Agency Tracking Number: B164B-0002
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 16-NCER-4B
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-16-00038
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-02-28
Small Business Information
828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 600, Honolulu, HI, 96813-4314
DUNS: 144540283
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Nakatsuka
 Senior Materials Engineer
 (808) 954-4124
 mnakatsuka@oceanit.com
Business Contact
 Ken Cheung
Title: Science and Technology Manager
Phone: (808) 531-3017
Email: kcheung@oceanit.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Many pipelines within America’s infrastructure are in dire need of repair, due to structural damage caused by corrosion, or the threat of heavy metal leaching from lead and copper pipes. However, full pipe replacement is expensive and disruptive, while existing polymer liners and sleeve inserts can only_x000D_ be applied in specific cases and have difficulty bonding to worn and contaminated surfaces. Oceanit proposes using its omniphobic, corrosion resistant, non-toxic, multifunctional coating to protect the interior of these pipelines. Oceanit’s coating can be applied via an in-situ, trenchless pigging process that allows for heavily corroded pipes to be retrofitted and refurbished in place. Furthermore, the omniphobic coating system is capable of eliminating metal ion diffusion, addressing the need to limit lead levels in drinking water, and reducing reliance on constant injection of corrosion inhibitors. The proposed technology would be of significant interest to the 160,000 public water systems subject to the Safe Drinking Water Act, and would allow these municipalities to keep up with the estimated cost of $343 billion over the next 15 years needed for pipeline maintenance.

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