Corrosion Protective Coatings for Weapons of Mass Destruction Applications

Source:  U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (
Source: U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (

POSTED:  June 29, 2018

Customer:  Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12)

Challenge:  Y-12 plays a pivotal role in the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear security enterprise by developing novel methods for manufacturing and storing nuclear materials, which serve as critical assets in strategic nuclear deterrence. A major challenge to the resilience of these long-term assets is corrosion. In an effort to enhance the resilience of these strategic deterrents, Y-12 requested information concerning aluminum-based coatings and application methods used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for corrosion-resistant primers and coatings.

Approach:  HDIAC’s research analysts and subject matter experts from DoD and industry analyzed corrosion-resistant solutions employed by the DoD, including aluminum-rich primers, thermal spray aluminum, and cold spray aluminum. HDIAC enumerated test data, efficacy, and application parameters for each of these corrosion prevention compounds for Y-12.

Value:  In a time when the rate of technical information generation regarding corrosion protection is outpacing Y-12’s ability to analyze it in a resource-efficient manner, HDIAC’s subject matter expertise and rapid analysis assisted Y-12 in identifying solutions for the continued development of novel corrosion protective coatings. Because of HDIAC’s cost-saving research, Y-12 is in the process of funding additional in-depth research.