Portable, non-damaging depaint system for removing coatings from small areas

Period of Performance: 05/08/1998 - 02/08/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

General Lasertronics
830 Jury Ct. Suite 5
San Jose, CA 95112
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


General LASERTONICS Corporation (GLC), Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works, and Acurex Enviromental Inc. will develop a portable laser-based small area decoating system. GLC will demonstrate their current portable system design at Robins AFB in Phase I, and will evaluate in Phase II. In conjunction with Stanford University's Non-liner Optical Materials Laboratory GLC will also demonstrate relevant future generation laser technology. Skunk Works will prepare stripping samples and evaluate stripping results for the design exercise in Phase I, and will support development of the prototype in Phase II. Acurex will assess waste stream subsystems performance and contribute design inputs in Phase I, and will assist in Phase II development of the subsystem. A functional specification for theoperational system will be developed in conjunction with the end user community in Phase I . Successful operation of the prototype system in Phase II will enhance production flow times and personnel safety, while reducing overall maintenance costs. The system will function on either commercial or military aircraft regardless of aircraft size and configuration, without change, and can be applied to a wide range of other operational and maintenance equipment.