UV Curable Multifunctional Aircraft Protective Coating

Period of Performance: 09/08/2006 - 04/08/2011

$1.09MM

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Light Curable Coatings
6830 Bryden Ct.
Valley View, OH 44125
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project is designed to develop and optimize a prototype chrome-free solvent-free zero VOC ultraviolet (UV) light curable self-priming environmentally compliant multifunctional aircraft protective coating to satisfy all requirements of primer and topcoat specifications MIL-PRF-23377 and MIL-PRF-85285. UV technology incorporating non-chromium based corrosion inhibitors can satisfy the significant need for the reduction of chromate, VOC, and hazardous air pollutant (HAP) use in the aerospace industry as well as the need for cycle time reduction for coatings application. Light Curable Coatings is a technology leader for solvent-free environmentally compliant coating systems, with proprietary technology to rapidly cure heavily pigmented coatings with UV light, including low gloss camouflage color UV coating systems. This Phase II work will optimize monomer, oligomer, filler, pigment, photoinitiator, and additive components in a single coat multifunctional environmentally friendly aircraft protective coating to satisfy all aerospace coating requirements, including 3000 hour accelerated performance testing for corrosion resistance and weatherability. A five gallon sample of fully formulated coating capable of being applied by a third party for independent performance evaluation will be delivered at the end of the program.