Coatings for Corrosion Resistance

Corrosion damage to industrial and consumer products industries costs tens of billions of dollars each year. Corrosion-resistant coatings can significantly increase the lifetime of materials while reducing maintenance and replacement costs.

SRI uses silicon-based polymers to make versatile coatings for metals, ceramics, and composites. These coatings, available for license, dramatically enhance the durability and safety of metal structures.

We also use a variety of coatings and coating techniques to address client needs in specific applications such as corrosion protection of incinerators, heat exchangers, chemical heat pumps, and rebars in concrete. We focus on developing new coatings and coating techniques that allow deposition at lower temperatures and lower cost.

SRI develops new coatings with unique bonding, sealing, and hardness features and low-cost techniques that allow deposition at lower temperatures. Clients seeking to commercialize products work with SRI to test them with salt spray, hot acid, and hot/cold temperature cycling.

Applications include:

  • Chemical heat pumps

  • Incinerators

  • Boilers

  • Steam turbines

  • Residential and commercial heaters

  • Condensing heat exchangers

  • Waste treatment plants

The U.S. Department of Energy, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Gas Technology Institute, and commercial clients have funded our work.

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