Top Coatings and Enhanced Cathodic Protection Capability for High-Value BMDS MDA Assets

Period of Performance: 03/20/2014 - 10/19/2014


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

American Energy Technologies CO
220 W. Campus Ct., Unit D
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
Institution POC


American Energy Technologies Co. (a woman-owned small business concern of Arlington Heights, IL), will be joined by subcontractors University of Massachusetts (Boston, MA) and Advanced Technology Laboratories of Lockheed Martin Corp. (St. Paul, MN) in order to develop two anti-corrosion technologies with the goal to deploy them in a variety of equipment. The first technology is a top coating which will protect metallic installations. Of primary focus are Zinc-primed steel and/or anodized Aluminum structures which are already guarded from environmental corrosion by a layer of polyurethane sealant. The proposed innovative coating system will be applied on top of the polyurethane. The second aspect of this effort is the development of a new and improved galvanic protection technology which operates under the principle of impressed current cathodic protection. A new design of ultra-low solubility anodes is unveiled. The combined application of both technologies is likely to ensure useful operational life of metal assets exposed to harsh marine environments on the order of 50 years. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-7663 (8 January 14)