The APW200 ECS Protection/Enhancement Series
Taking the Aviation Industry into the 21st Century With New Corrosion Prevention Technology
AeroPel APW200 ECS Protection / Enhancement Series is a water-based Nanocomposite Protective Layer (NPL) developed to provide superior protection for aircraft environmental control systems (ECS), while improving efficiency. Aircraft ECS are critical components which control air supply and thermal controls for crew and passengers.
Developed specifically for aviation applications, ECS-protecting and enhancing NPL uses proprietary nanotechnology to create a water-repelling, omniphobic layer on existing substrates that can drastically minimize the buildup of debris within ECS components, promoting efficient flow. In addition, APW200 NPL provides excellent corrosion protection for the protected substrates.
How can AeroPel better protect against corrosion?
Based on omniphobic nanotechnology, AeroPel NPL creates a low surface energy for the substrate to repel moisture and fouling from the protected area. The low surface energy forces moisture to bead up instead of “wetting” the protected substrate. By not allowing the moisture to wet – and remain in full contact with – the protected substrate, it prevents fouling and reduces deposit build up.
With a superior bond strength to the substrate, resistant to chemicals and abrasion, AeroPel NPL provides a robust protection for both bare metal and existing organic-based protective measures. AeroPel NPL is inherently durable and outperforms traditional organic-based corrosion inhibiting compounds.
APW200 NPL technology is the next generation of protection developed for aircraft ECS. Apply NPL to promote efficient airflow (integral to providing air supply), thermal control, and cabin pressurization within the aircraft. With low viscosity, the NPL can be easily applied by spray or paint application with an effective thickness of less than 1 mil. At room temperature, the NPL is cured in under one hour, allowing for less workflow interruption. With zero-VOC, workflow in confined space can progress during the application process without stoppage or reduced productivity. NPL is a two-part mixture with a pot life of 72 hours.
- Thin film resulting in reduced dry weight
- Fast curing time – Less idle time within the workflow
- Solvent removable
- Non-hazardous – No restrictions for transportation and storage
- Non-VOC and non-biocidal – Minimal personal protective equipment required for personnel
- Functional under extreme temperatures from -60°F to 400°F (-51°C to 204°C)
- Improves airflow by reducing surface friction
- Improves efficiency by reducing deposit buildup
- Baseline NPL is transparent; tinting is optional for visual identification purposes
AeroPel APW200 applied onto ECS ducting system
The ECS Protection Series is developed from a baseline nanotechnology application with proven success in the energy and marine industries. The fundamental science has effectively helped these industries to prevent biofouling and MIC damage to a vast network of infrastructure and investment worldwide. AeroPel NPL aims to bring the same success to the aviation industry. The APW200 Series offers solutions to meet specific needs and challenges to protect ECS systems and components against corrosion, fouling, and beyond.