Chemical Agent Resistant Coating Topcoat Usage: Drivers and Trends

Report No. ARL-TR-6061
Authors: William Lum; Daniel Pope; John Escarsega
Date/Pages: July 2012; 28 pages
Abstract: This report describes the factors that affect the chemical agent resistant coating (CARC) production batches used by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. CARC is used on exterior surfaces of all joint services equipment as mandated by the U.S. Army Regulation 750-1 doctrine. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory evaluates and validates all CARC batches from the manufacturers of CARC products listed in the qualified product database. The batch approval data analysis points out many significant findings. These findings show a drop in the overall volatile organic compounds per gallon of paint over the past four fiscal years. A gradual decline in the number of batch approvals has resulted from the drawdown of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Certain camouflage colors that are widely used in the current battlefield environment are on the rise, along with the increase in using polymeric flattening agents over siliceous materials. The failure rate of batches is low and generally declining over time.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: July 1, 2012