Accession Number : ADA456915


Title :   The Development of an Environmentally Compliant, Multi-Functional Aerospace Coating Using Molecular- and Nano-Engineering Methods


Descriptive Note : Final rept., 1 Sep 2005-1 Sep 2006


Corporate Author : MISSISSIPPI UNIV MEDICAL CENTER JACKSON


Personal Author(s) : Taylor, S. R. ; Shiflet, G. J. ; Scully, J. R. ; Buchheit, R. G. ; van Ooij, W. J. ; Sieradzki, K. ; Diaz, R. E. ; Brinker, C. J. ; Moran, A. L.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA456915


Report Date : 02 OCT 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 135


Abstract : The coating system presently used on military aircraft is constrained in function (e.g., static color, low glint) and limited to the use of toxic, chromate-based compounds for the mitigation of corrosion. This report summarizes a MURI that was tasked to establish the scientific foundation for a military aerospace coating with expanded functionality and environmental compliance. By implementing advances in molecular and nano-engineered materials, an academic team has identified the enabling science for a multi-functional coating system with the ability to provide: (1) corrosion protection using environmentally compliant materials, (2) sensing of corrosion and mechanical damage of the aircraft skin, (3) mitigating responses to sensed chemical and physical damage, (4) color-on-demand, (5) optimal adhesion using environmentally compliant materials, (6) fatigue resistance and mechanical integrity of the fuselage, (7) self-cleaning and water rejection character. The enhanced functionality of this advanced coating system is achieved through the research and development of now tangible technologies. These components include: (1)a field-replaceable, nano-engineered aluminum alloy cladding, (2) new approaches for the identification, encapsulation, and intelligent delivery of environmentally compliant corrosion inhibitors for paint, (3) colloidal crystals, and photonic antenna for sensing and color-change-on-demand, (4) optimization of organic coating adhesion to the aluminum alloy substrate through the use of an environmentally compatible surface treatment, (5) development of self-assembled bio-mimetic surfaces for super-hydrophobicity. The research from this MURI has resulted in tangible coatings, coating additives, and technologies with very promising and realizable benefit to the Air Force mission.


Descriptors :   *CORROSION INHIBITION , *COATINGS , *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION , *AEROSPACE CRAFT , ALUMINUM ALLOYS , NANOTECHNOLOGY , SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH , SENSOR FUSION , BIOMIMETICS , MOLECULAR PROPERTIES , CRYSTALS , COLLOIDS , NAVAL RESEARCH


Subject Categories : COATINGS, COLORANTS AND FINISHES
      AIRCRAFT


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE