US Patent 7,390,560 & Patents Pending
The present technology comprises a practical system for
cleaning the surface of equipment, weapon, vehicle, or
structural component, from corrosion or contamination, on
command at any time. The method is particularly useful for
corrosion removal providing a clean surface.
The method based on interfacial energy control is currently
at prototype stage and entering small scale manufacturing.
System can be rapidly transitioned to field operation within
twelve months. PELís patented Smart
Coating Systems US 7,390,560, can readily be employed to
support these uses. Array layers are attached to the
selected surface, and shed by novel methods exposing a new
clean surface. Various coating materials have been
successfully tested including metals, polymers and
The mechanism involves energetic input across a coating
array which releases the corroded or contaminated layer. A
number of prototypes have been prepared, and tailoring for
various applications should directly follow. (Figure 1)
illustrates the technology on a sample from underwater. The
coating with fouled material is readily removed leaving a
clean sheet as the new surface. The method can be
employed on land or underwater and is not impeded by varied
The method will prolong the need to clean the surface every
few months, extend the life of applicable equipment,
devices, weapons, or vehicles, and no longer require special
and expensive materials to prevent corrosion or clean up
surface contamination such as chemical or biological agents.
A new clean surface from the array will replace the corroded
one. The equipment will thereby be easier to handle
and operate. We estimate about 10-20% labor, materials and
end-use savings translating into millions of dollars saved.