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Velox Superhydrophobic coatings eliminate surfaces from being wetted, preventing the possibility of corrosion and biofouling.

  • Superhydrophobic coating based on surface topography and surface chemistry
  • Contact angle > 160°
  • Water roll off angle < 2°
  • Coating may be modified to exhibit oileophobic properties
  • Cost effective (pennies per sq. ft.)
  • Low weight field repairable

United Protective Technologies has a significant track record of solving some of the military's most costly issues with innovative materials and "outside the box" ideas. Our engineering and design teams are fully capable of tailoring any UPT product to meet your requirements and specifications. We are always ready to accept a new challenge. Examples of current real world issues UPT's engineering team is developing solutions for include:

  • High Speed Sand and Rain Erosion
  • Wear and Friction Reduction Materials for Mechanical Systems
  • Galvanic Corrosion
  • Extremely Durable Optical Sensor Coatings

Diamond coatings over the past few decades have gained a respectable amount of attention, due to their exotic mechanical, electrical, and optical properties. Typical benefits include: Maximum surface hardness, extremely low coefficient of friction, exceptional wear properties, excellent dielectric material, high thermal conductivity, optical transparency in IR wavelengths and many more. UPT is currently working on developing their exclusive SP3EC coating to enhance surface substrates far beyond industry common DLC coatings. Some typical application enhancements include:

  • Optical sensor protection
  • Increased transmission in the infrared spectra
  • Adjacent surface wear protection
  • Abrasion protection
  • Decreased coefficient of friction, leading to increased performance in mechanical systems

Currently aviation engineers are forced to limit the use of composite materials and aluminum in certain areas of an aircraft due to a common phenomenon known as "Galvanic Corrosion". When certain materials, such as aluminum and steel, are in direct contact, a galvanic cell is created, and the resulting voltage potential leads to a charge transfer which corrodes one of the materials. Corrosion of parts in industrial applications has caused countless hours of downtime and an abundance of company resources. UPT is developing new methods for solving these issues with the help of a state-of-the-art thin film coating protection technology.

Through the development of new materials technology, UPT has gained extensive experience with various analytical techniques and the implementation of tests simulating real-world application environments. UPT currently offers a wide range of services to characterize materials before and after testing. Testing services include:

  • Sand and Rain Erosion Testing
  • Accelerated Weathering Testing (QUV)
  • IR/Visible/UV Spectroscopy
  • Nano-indentation
  • Profilometry
  • Raman Spectroscopy