Message from the President
Exciting Developments for MesoCoat
We have begun to build our facility for commercial-scale production of CermaClad™ See the link below to read the article that details our plans and progress.
The U.S. Department of Energy has invested in Phase II of our SBIR project for heat exchangers.
Abakan, Inc. has made another investment in MesoCoat, as investors realize that the applications for this corrosion-protective coating range from automobiles to airplanes to military vehicles and oil/gas drilling equipment.
Mesocoat’s CermaClad™ technology was recently featured on the PBS special "NeoTropolis." See below for more about this and a link to the video that shows how MesoCoat is applied.
— Andrew J. Sherman
Abakan Invests Further in MesoCoat
Abakan currently owns 61% of MesoCoat’s shares, and this will be increased to 75% with existing contracts. Furthermore, Abakan plans to purchase additional shares of MesoCoat owned by a third party to increase its holdings to 85%.
Abakan says these investments are based on MesoCoat’s transformational surface engineering technologies, which have received three R&D 100 awards, a NIST award for ‘100 year life coatings for infrastructure’, and the NorTech Innovation Award for environmentally friendly coatings.
MesoCoat is now commercializing several products and services that are a direct replacement for hard chrome plating, as well as weld-cladding processes to address the needs of both original equipment manufacturers and maintenance and repair organizations.
Mesocoat’s CermaClad™ technology was recently featured on the PBS special "NeoTropolis."
For more details, visit the Abakan website: www.abakaninc.com
MesoCoat Wins Phase II SBIR Award from DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded MesoCoat a Phase II SBIR contract to demonstrate and validate the effectiveness of CermaClad™ iron aluminide coatings to austenitic steels and nickel-base alloys for advanced heat exchangers in SuperCritical Coal-Fired power plants. The program is to demonstrate that the coated heat exchangers can resist the higher operating temperatures and pressures, and provide extended lifetimes for improved energy efficiency.
See below for more details about CermaClad™ in these power plants.
CermaClad™ Commercial Production Facility on Track
MesoCoat is preparing to build a $6.5 million CermaClad™ and PComP plant that will allow us to provide coating services and products on a commercial scale. In addition, the plant will serve as a model and testbed for future facilities. It is to be built next to the current facilities in Euclid, Ohio.
For more details, read an article about MesoCoat published in the Nov. 17 issue of Coatings World.
CermaClad™ on PBS
Mesocoat, Inc. was recently featured on a PBS special "Neotropolis," in which CEO Andrew Sherman explains the CermaClad™ technology and shows how the coatings are applied.
Watch the video.
Super-Corrosion in Super-Critical Coal-Fired Plants
Supercritical coal-fired power plants are under development for greater efficiency and reduced emissions, but the equipment in such plants is subjected to severely corrosive chemicals that are made even more destructive by extremely high temperatures and pressures.
Photo: CermaClad™ can protect boiler tubes in coal-fired power plants.
Mesocoat's CermaClad™ coatings are designed to protect heat exchanger boiler tubes from this super-corrosion. The coatings consist of metallurgically bonded nickel aluminide, iron aluminide, nickel alloys, or other materials applied by an infrared arc system in which a high-intensity line of infrared light is rastered over a slurry-coated tube surface.
The key to the technology is that the high-intensity light is focused into a line about an inch wide and a foot long, almost instantaneously melting the powders in the slurry and creating a metallurgical bond with the substrate. The size and shape of the heat source enable rapid and efficient coating application.
For many more details about the technology and its benefits, visit our website.
Or contact Josh Caris, Metallurgist at firstname.lastname@example.org
High-Speed Application Eliminates Damage to Substrates
CermaClad™ technology is based on a high-energy-density infrared lamp that almost instantaneously melts a powder metal slurry or an electrostatic-sprayed layer of powdered metal alloy, and fuses it to the steel.
The application method is very similar to that for fusion-bonded epoxy, except that the lamp causes near instantaneous fusion, and therefore does not require high-temperature pre-heating prior to application. As a result, the substrate is virtually unaffected and the coating is pinhole-free and highly uniform.
Designed to coat large areas rapidly, its application rate is 15 to 100 times faster than advanced thermal/plasma metal spray or weld/laser cladding. Furthermore, CermaClad™ is substantially less dense than traditional cladding materials, allowing it to clad more surface area per pound of material. In fact, it provides three times higher volume of powder on a pound-for-pound basis than currently available cladding materials.
Ideal for application at the coating plant or mill level, it is suitable for application to the interior and exterior of pipes, as well as plate prior to rolling.
Learn details of the process on MesoCoat's website.
Or contact John Neukirchen, Consultant at email@example.com
PComP™: Supersize Wear Life with Nanosize Particles
Although MesoCoat’s PcomP WC/Co nanocomposite particles are applied by conventional thermal spray equipment, the results are far from conventional.
Photo: Image from www.wikipedia.com.
Laboratory tests show that wear life is increased by a factor of three, and coated components are easier and faster to machine, reducing costs further.
Current applications include mandrels and pumps for downhole oil and gas drilling. Applications being evaluated include equipment for drilling in oil and gas shale, military vehicles, and aircraft landing gear.
For many more details, download the article from AM&P Magazine.
Or contact Greg Engleman, Chief Technology Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Make Jet Engines Last Longer
Today’s jet engines operate at higher temperatures than ever before to improve fuel efficiency and to reduce emissions, but the extreme heat takes a toll on turbine blades and other components.
Photo: Image courtesy NASA.
A microcomposite thermal barrier coating system has been developed based on advanced, low thermal conductivity multiphase zirconia ceramic compositions developed at NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
Called ZComP™, it is produced using MesoCoat’s nanocomposite powder production technology and consists of a new thermally insulating bond coat and a low thermal conductivity top coat. This system has the potential to reduce thermal fatigue and metal operating temperatures in turbine engines, extending the life of hot-section components by 20-30%. The nanocrystalline structure offers high resistance to heat flow, providing advantages in turbine engines and other thermally sensitive applications such as coatings on automotive cylinder liners.
For more information, contact Curt Glasgow, General Manager, Thermal Spray email@example.com