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Magic Metal Coating TEST DATA

SUMMARY OF U.S. TESTlNG RESULTS Composite Metal

FIRE RATlNG:

ASTM E 84

NFPA CLASS A

FLAME SPREAD = 0

UBC = 1

In May of 1996 this product began an extensive three year CRADA (Cooperative Research And Development Agreement) testing procedure with the U.S. Navy. The result of this agreement is giving us continuous test data. Testing has been performed in accordance with ASTM D4541-95 Standard Test Method for Pull-Off Strength of Coating using Portable Adhesion Tester Type II (model 106) made by Eclometer with a 0-2000 psi scale. With this test equipment no coating to substrate (adhesion) failures were reported. See reprint of pull test at NRaD below.

There are many possible applications for this copper product including electronics, radiation management, industrial uses, microwave absorption and construction. One Navy use might be a marine anti-fouling coating to protect ship hulls from marine organisms.

Copper is a very effective anti-foulant that has been in use for many years. The Environmental Protection Agency, however, is trying to reduce both the amount of a copper that finds its way into the marine environment and the volatile organic compounds that are released during coating application. This process might effectively solve both of these concerns. Many other similar marine applications may be possible such as protecting docks, bridges or drilling platforms.

The principal investigator at NRaD is Jim Jennings, Code 662, Materials Sciences Branch. Prior to initiating the CRADA, quick look tests done in the Branch lab showed the coating to have promise as both an anti-fouling and anticorrosion coating. Specific efforts planned within the materials lab include salt fog and immersion corrosion tests, coating adhesion, scratch and abrasion tests and anti-fouling properties testing of the copper variant of the product. An evaluation goal will be to establish preliminary cost effectiveness for this product with advantageous results opening the possibility of field testing.

If the US Navy can test this product under such extreme conditions imagine what a boon it will be to the building industry!




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