NineSigma’s client is a leading composite and coating manufacturer who supplies coatings for metal surfaces to protect them against corrosion, wear and/or to maintain the structural integrity. The oil and gas, chemical, power, and mining industries are typical fields where these coatings have demonstrated their effectiveness.
Our client is seeking additives or technologies that can be embedded in, or added to, their commercialized polyurea, epoxy and polyurethane based coatings to allow the coating to report if it is deteriorating.
Damage assessment would help prevent products leaking into the environment or loosening the structural integrity which leads to the risk of an entire shutdown.
In order to meet to this need, we are looking for solutions that enable the coating to ‘sense’ when its quality is decreasing and is not protecting the structure sufficiently. Two particular approaches of interest are:
- Adding/mixing up new materials, particles or molecules with the protective product before applying it as a coating (Integrated solution)
- Applying a nano / micro scale layer or device to the surface of interest followed by the protective coating (Embedded solution)
The objective of this RFP is to find solutions that can be embedded in or added to the epoxy, polyurethane or polyurea-based coatings that allow the coating to sense and report when it is suffering from deficiencies.