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UV-Curable Polyurethane Dispersions for Aerospace Topcoat Applications

C. Todd Williams, Katrina Callen, Charles A. Gambino, Michael Dvorchak


Coating application is the rate determining step in aircraft production. Currently, aerospace coatings utilize two-component polyurethane chemistry that requires 72 hours curing time before the plane can be returned to service. UV-curable polyurethane dispersions (UV-PUDs) were evaluated as aerospace topcoats to allow for increased productivity as a result of decreased curing time. UV-PUD based coatings were formulated and evaluated for their ability to meet military topcoat specification MIL-PRF-85285D. Coatings that meet this specification require a balance of chemical and water resistance, flexibility, weatherability, and aesthetics. This paper will focus on the performance of UV-PUD coating formulations with respect to these properties.

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