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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-09-0059
Project Name:   Nanoscale Approaches for Inhibiting Corrosion: Green Advanced Coatings for Application on Steel Structures and Bridges
Project Status:   Active
Start Date:  October 1, 2009
End Date:  February 1, 2016
Contact Information
Last Name:  Virmani
First Name:  Paul
Telephone:  202-493-3052
E-mail:  paul.virmani@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:   Infrastructure Management Team [HRDI-60]
Program:   Exploratory Advanced Research
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
Project Description:   The object of this¬†research is to develop novel, nanotechnology-based green coatings for corrosion protection of new and existing steel highway infrastructure. Two coating systems will be investigated and compared to traditional steel anticorrosive coatings. The two proposed coatings will use conductive polymer nanoparticles to provide electrochemical corrosion inhibition, carbon-black additives to improve the scratch resistance and toughness of these coatings, and metallic nanoparticles to improve the dispersion of the additives. The proposed new coatings will be compared to a traditional zinc-enhanced, epoxy-based coating for both mechanical strength and corrosion protection. The advantage of the nanotechnology-based coatings lies in their expected ability, with a very low concentration of additives, to provide significant corrosion protection while improving adhesion strength and scratch resistance. This could lead to significant savings in their life-cycle costs.
The objective of this research is to leverage the unique advantage of inhibiting corrosion at the nanoscale.
Background Information:   The project was submitted in response to a fiscal year 2007 Exploratory Advanced Research Program solicitation.
More Information URL(s):  
  1. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/pubs/11034/11034.pdf
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Accelerated laboratory weathering and natural outdoor exposure.
Expected Benefits:   A superior steel bridge coating system.
Deliverables: Name: The development of superior coatings.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: This coating will use nanotube, conductive polymers dispersed in various inorganic-based epoxy systems and organic-based epoxy systems.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Materials
Epoxy Coatings
FHWA Disciplines:   Structures
Subject Areas:   Bridges and other structures


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