CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. (AST), a Cambridge, MA-based industrial technology company that produces the SLIPS® line of materials and coatings used for a wide range of industrial, marine, and medical repellency applications, today announced it has been awarded a $499,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract from the United States Airforce (USAF) to develop an icephobic coating that improves pre-flight and in-flight anti-icing properties on military aircraft and avionics. The contract, awarded through the USAF's AFWERX program, will build upon AST's successful SBIR Phase I Feasibility Study results.
"Ice accumulation in aviation continues to be an unsolved and highly costly issue, both in terms of human toll and dollars spent on mitigation for manned and unmanned aircraft," said David Ward, CEO of Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. "By developing an intrinsically icephobic coating system, based from AST's existing technology, we can help solve many of the challenges related to military and commercial aircraft icing mitigation, and we are delighted to be working with the United States Air Force on a solution."
The development of a new coating for the USAF will be based on AST's existing antifouling marine coating that was commercially launched in 2019. SLIPS® Foul Protect® marine coating reduces the adhesion and persistence of unwanted biological fouling on any given surface. Modifications to the chemical makeup of the coating will be made to optimize its properties for ice-repellency and durability. By combining a mechanically durable and low surface energy binder system with AST's patented self-stratifying Active Performance Ingredients (API) packages, a robust coating system with strong repellent functions (anti-ice, low adhesion, non-fouling) can be realized while maintaining superior mechanical durability.
"In addition to the military uses inside of and on the airframe, commercial airliners spend hundreds of millions every year on icing mitigation efforts in terms of hardware, chemicals and operations disruption," said Ward. "In addition to the savings our novel coating can bring, existing ice de-icing strategies are very environmentally challenging. AST's common approach across all our market sectors is for our products to deliver economic benefit along with environmental advantages."
About Adaptive Surface Technologies A world leader in repellent surfaces, Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. is a Cambridge, MA-based industrial technology company that produces the SLIPS® line of materials and coatings used for a wide range of industrial, marine, and medical applications. Our innovative coatings and cleaning maintenance systems create a slippery, fully liquid layer on surfaces that repel fluids, contaminants, and biological fouling agents. For more information, visit http://adaptivesurface.tech.
ABOUT AFWERX Established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force and reporting to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, AFWERX is a catalyst for agile Air Force engagement across industry, academia and non-traditional contributors to create transformative opportunities and foster an Air Force culture of innovation. The core mission of AFWERX is to improve Air Force capabilities by connecting innovators, simplifying technology transfer and accelerating results. For more information on AFWERX, visit https://www.afwerx.af.mil/.