active coatings technologies, smart coatings, army, nanotechnology, sensors, MEMS
The main objective of the U.S. Army’s Active Coatings Technologies Program is to develop technologies that can be used in combination to tailor coatings for utilization on Army Materiel. The Active Coatings Technologies Program, ACT, is divided into several thrusts, including the Smart Coatings™ Materiel Program, Munitions Coatings Technologies, Active Sensor packages, Novel Technology Development, as well as advanced technologies. The goal of the ACT Program is to conduct research leading to the development of multiple coatings systems for use on various military platforms, incorporating unique properties such as self repair, selective removal, corrosion resistance, sensing, ability to modify coatings’ physical properties, colorizing, and alerting logistics staff when tanks or weaponry require more extensive repair. A partnership between the U.S. Army Corrosion Office at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ along with researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, SCRA/ARDI, Clemson University, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts (Lowell), and Pennsylvania State University are developing the next generation of Smart Coatings™ Materiel via novel technologies such as nanotechnology, Micro-electromechanical Systems (MEMs), meta-materials, flexible electronics, electrochromics, electroluminescence, etc.