Evaluation of Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings That Are Exposed to Ultraviolet Radiation

Report No. ARL-TN-285
Authors: William S. Lum; James A. Kidd, Jr.
Date/Pages: August 2007; 22 pages
Abstract: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has the lead research and development responsibility for chemical agent resistant coatings (CARC) and manages the relevant specifications that govern the topcoats, primers, and pretreatments for CARC systems. In striving to optimize coating durability and to extend the life cycle of vehicles and weapon systems that use CARC materials, ARL evaluated several CARC topcoats for ultraviolet (UV) resistance. After samples were subjected to UV irradiance in laboratory weathering chambers, several instruments were used to quantify four parameters that indicate the degradation of a material.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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