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Improved Corrosion Testing for Marine Protective Coatings

Objective



This project is concerned with developing more accurate accelerated corrosion tests for marine protective coatings. In the European Union, marine-based industries account for between 3% and 5% of GDP, 90% of external commerce, and employs 2.5 million people, representing a market worth over 300 billion ECU. The current accelerated tests are insufficiently accurate and have not kept pace with the rapid developments made in coatings technology, posing the core-group SME's with major problems. These incluse loss of business due to slow and inadequate corrosion testing methods and long-lead times in developing new, more effective, coated products. The development of new corrosion tests would lead to significant improvements in testing efficiency, coatings selection, quality control, and lead to more rapid introduction of environmentally acceptable coatings, including those that are free of toxic heavy metals. This project will also help improve the living environment, stimulate core-group SME growth, assist in the preservation of buildings and structures, including those of cultural and historical value, and create employment opportunities across the Union. The project has been proposed by 6 SME's from 3 member states and is supported by three Research Performers across Europe, including Norway. The research methodology is well considered and highly innovative and seeks to develop new test methods as well as integrate existing testing technologies to produce synergistic improvements. The project will lead to the development of new EU-wide testing standards and specifications and will help provide the EU with a lead in this vital area, an area which, up to now, has been traditionally dominated by the USA.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Bristol Metal Spraying & Protective Coatings Ltd
Address
Coronation Road
BS3 1RP Bristol
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

Aero - Coating Gmbh
Germany
Address
Lukaswiese
23970 Wismar
C & W Specialist Equipment Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Leintwardine
SY7 0NB Craven Arms
DET NORSKE VERITAS AS
Norway
Address
Veritasveien 1
300 Hovik
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Netherlands
Address
97,Schoenmakerstraat
2600 JA Delft
Norsk Marinteknisk Forskningsinstitutt A/S
Norway
Address
Asnesveien 48
03201 Sandefjord
QINETIQ LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
85 Buckingham Gate
London
Sycopel Scientific Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Hutton Street 3-4
NE35 9LW Boldon
Vacuum Technology Aalen Gmbh & Co KG
Germany
Address
Gartenstrasse 133
73430 Aalen
W Lippens NV
Belgium
Address
22,Sint Antoniuskaai 22
9000 Gent