PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

Download the FREE Equipment and Rental Resource Guide

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


British Air Gives New Coating a Lift

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More items for Coating Materials

Comment | More

Flying high over its fuel savings, British Airways will expand its year-long trial of an anti-drag nanocoating to a second larger aircraft.

The airline says it will apply tripleO Performance Solution—used for a year on a BA Airbus A318—to a 777-200, hoping to save more than £100,000 (about $153,000 US) during the trial period.

 British Airways will expand its year-long trial of an anti-drag nanocoating to a second line of aircraft

 tripleO

British Airways says it anticipates more than $150,000 in fuel savings from the coating trial on a 777-200.

The Teflon-free, silicone-free coating can also be used in marine applications and will be tested on wind farms, the manufacturer reports.

Aircraft Trial

British Airways said in a release that the Airbus A318 coated with tripleO used less fuel than another Airbus A318 without the coating. Both planes flew the London City to New York route exclusively during the one-year trial period.

“We have been exploring a number of initiatives to improve fuel efficiency,” said Garry Copeland, British Airways’ director of engineering. “TripleO not only delivers a significant saving; it also improves aircraft appearance. We look forward to assessing its impact on a larger aircraft.”

TripleO brand manager Ross Thornley said his company was “delighted to see the results from more live tests. To prove such a substantial return on investment for our clients, especially British Airways, is the result of many years of hard work.”

“Our extensive research and development in our product coating, application methods and the wind tunnel tests over the last four years is now paying dividends for all our clients.”

Military Roots

TripleO is a nanotech-tweaked formulation of a high-performance cleaning and protective paint sealant developed for U.S. military and government use 20 years ago, reports the UK-based manufacturer, also called tripleO (formerly, ooops! and Triple Ops).

In 2007, tripleO re-engineered the coating with nanotechnology and began testing it in automotive applications and on light aircraft and small vessels. Larger trials on heavier craft followed. A year ago, EasyJet, the UK’s largest airline, also began trials of the coating

How it Works

TripleO is a polymer that cross-links and bonds with the surface materials—such as paintwork, bare metal, leading edges and even rivets—to which it is being applied.

According to the manufacturer, the coating creates a perfectly smooth finish, forming an easy-to-clean barrier that prevents the build-up and ingress of dirt, ice, corrosion, seawater and other contaminants. The ultra-thin finish adds only about four ounces to the weight of an aircraft, the manufacturer says.

Application is a three-step process. The surface is cleaned, then polarized with an oxalic acid solution that positively charges the surface, allowing the emulsion to crosslink and bond to the surface. The third step is application of the transparent, anti-static coating, which contains nanoparticles that fill surface pores and gaps with a resin.

The coating lasts about two years, the manufacturer says.

   

Tagged categories: Corrosion; Marine Coatings; Nanotechnology; Protective coatings; Research

Comment from ivor williams, (1/12/2012, 7:47 AM)

You can be sure this product enhances the safety of the aircraft hats off to the company for its due diligence


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

International Paint LLC

International Paint Engineered Coatings

Learn about our solutions for:
  • Structural Steel
  • Piping & Equipment
  • Storage Tanks
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Secondary Containment


    Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
    Performance Amine 1,3-BAC

    A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.


    Sherwin-Williams
    Nova-Plate® 325

    • Extends Service Life
    • Single Coat Application
    • Cure to Service in 24 Hours


    BASF
    New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

    Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films basf.us/industrialcoatings
    polyorders@basf.com
    800-231-7868


    Denso North America Inc.
    Denso Tank Base
    Protection System

    An easily applied prevention system, utilizing Denso tapes and coatings around the tank base, that helps prevent corrosion from external elements.
    Call 1-281-821-3355 or Visit www.densona.com


    U.S. Zinc

    The proven corrosion protection properties of our zinc dust prolong the life of marine coatings. U.S. Zinc – Helping the world work™


    Termarust Technologies
    Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
    Active Corrosion

    Pipeline Utility Aerial crossings coated since 1992. Termarust's (HR CSA) was used to overcoat lead paint and preserve cables, pipes and support towers.

  •  
     
     
    Technology Publishing

    The Technology Publishing Network

    The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
    Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

     
    EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
    REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
    MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
     

    © Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
    2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com