Non-Skid, Non-Flammable Coating for Navy Applications

Period of Performance: 05/12/1998 - 11/12/1998


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave. Array
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Naval transports and ordinance are currently coated to prevent corrosion and other destructive weathering phenomena. These coatings have a limited life-span as adhesion is compromised when they degrade on exposure to light, moisture, abrasive wind and wear. Special properties necessary for naval coatings include non-skid characteristics, corrosion and fire resistance, high mechanical strength and chemical stability. Current non-skid urethane coatings have high flammability and poor life-cycle performance. TDA Research Inc. (TDA) has developed a tough, corrosion resistant hybrid organic/inorganic urethane coating that is expected to have excellent non-skid and fire retardant characteristics. The coating can be applied to a variety of substrates, including aluminum, steel, fiberglass and wood, by existing technologies. This chemically resistant nanocomposite coating is anticipated to have excellent long-term physical properties leading to reduced maintenance costs. In Phase I, we will prepare the hybrid polymer and examine the coatings applied to several substrates. Properties will be optimized by choosing the appropriate nanocomposite and formulation. Samples will be provided to the Navy for testing. In Phase II, TDA will collaborate with a major coatings producer to prepare 100lb quantities of resin and conduct market testing. Commercial applications include walkways, ship and pool decks, a $50 million dollar market.