27 Jun '16, 10pm
.@ArmyResearchLab finds improvement for combat-vehicle protective coatings
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- When it comes to protecting warfighters from exposure to chemical agents that have contaminated combat vehicles, determining how much agent gets absorbed into the material matters. That's what researchers at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center discovered and helped the Army fix. The U.S. Army uses more than 1 million gallons of coating, like paint, a year for its combat vehicles. One of the key jobs of a coating, in addition to providing corrosion resistance and camouflage, is protecting its occupants from chemical agent exposure, said vehicle coatings commodity area manager, John Escarsega, at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The key to this protection is to make sure vapor and contact hazards are not still present after Soldiers and maintenance personnel believe they have decontaminated the vehicle. What the Army needs is a...