Environmentally Friendly Corrosion Resistant Cerablak Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-03-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: 022-0987
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Thin Films, Inc.
1801 Maple Avenue, Suite 5316, Evanston, IL, 60201
Duns: 020126814
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kimberly Steiner
 Research Scientist
 (847) 431-8026
 ksteiner@atfinet.com
Business Contact
 John Rechner
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (847) 467-5235
Email: jrechner@atfinet.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"A low-cost chemical solution derived material is being proposed as an environmentally-friendly corrosion resistant coating material to combat the corrosion problems faced by the MDA. The coating material is a newly discovered inorganic oxide, calledCerablak, which is amorphous, or glassy, in nature and can be deposited as a hermetic, dense, and pin-hole free film by a simple dip coating, painting or spraying process. The chemical precursor solution used to develop the coating material providesexcellent wetting characteristics and yields a dense inorganic film after a brief curing step. It is a lightweight material that is thermally stable and chemically inert and has shown excellent resistance to corrosion on aluminum upon exposure to salt fogtests. The coating process is versatile and simple in design and operation and can be applied in the field very easily. Phase I work will involve development of Cerablak coatings of varying thickness and composition on aluminum and ferrous alloys, andother substrates. Extended corrosion testing will be done using a salt fog chamber on selected coupons. This low-cost environmentally-friendly coating technology can be implemented to combat corrosion for both military and commercial use and willprovide significant cost and environmental benefits."

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