While welding using Gas Metal Arc Welding (Mig Welding), an oxide layer and silicate islands form along the seam in exposed weld beads as well as on weld beads in non-accessible closed sections. IncWell's partner is looking for a new method to prevent the oxide layer and silicates from corroding the weld seam over time. The proposed process, material, or coating should be capable of removing or reducing production of the silicate formations or allowing a coating to fully adhere to their surfaces.
Currently, the industry makes use of several processes to prevent weld seam corrosion: shot blasting visible welds followed by waxing welds in cavities; e-coating; or coating the weld seam with zinc-rich paint. These proven solutions require significant capital expenditure. During the process, the part must be handled multiple times and undergo secondary operations beyond the industry standard e-coating of the structure. Additionaly, e-coating and similar processes face challenges in adhering to surfaces in the areas of interest.
Solutions of interest will:
IncWell's partner would consider novel solutions, as well as approaches that make use of the following:
Approaches not of Interest at this time include:
When responding to this request, please be sure to provide a non-confidential description of the technology or process you propose along with information regarding your alignment with the Key Success Criteria as well as your desired business relationship with IncWell's partner.