Evaluation of Plasma Beam Technology for Coating Removal
Evaluation of Plasma Beam Technology for Coating Removal Chris Wowk, General Dynamics Electric Boat March 14, 2019 NSRP Surface Prep and Coatings Panel Meeting Charleston, SC Working Team General Dynamics Electric Boat (Project Lead) Chris Wowk, Glenn Mihok Atmospheric Plasma Solutions (APS) Pete Yancey, Glenn Astolfi, Olga Asanov Advanced Technology International Frances Pearce (Project Manager)
Bath Iron Works Robert Cloutier (PTR) Project Objective and Goals Objective Develop a NAVSEA approved qualification plan for the use of
atmospheric plasma technology to remove coatings from steel Project Goals Characterize impact of plasma on typical ferrous substrates Complete Determine necessary process controls/features/training necessary to prevent deleterious effects on substrate Complete Determine pathway to allow use of plasma coating removal in shipbuilding applications (method & scope of approval) In Process Transition project to Affordability Initiatives for business case development and implementation In Process Technology Overview PlasmaBlast system developed by APS Atmospheric plasma breaks down organic
coatings quickly and safely Compact (person portable/hatchable), only requires compressed air and power Leaves underlying surface profile Improved accessibility over typical power tools Little/no impact to typical shipbuilding steels characterized during project PlasmaBlast unit design improvements mitigate issues found Testing Performed (GDEB) Marine Coating Removal Capability
Capable of removing MIL-DTL-24441 and MIL-PRF-23236 (Ultra High Solids and Powdercoat) coatings Significantly less dust/debris generated compared to typical power tool removal Process Temperature Study (3/8 thick steel) Backside Frontside (Removal Area Adjacent) Hold Test 4 x 10 Min Holds 380F @ 1/8 Thickness
308F @ 3/8 Thickness Up to 300F (2-3 seconds), below 250F typical 466F @ 1/8 Thickness 430F @ 3/8 Thickness Metallurgical Evaluation (Weld and Base Metal) No visible impacts under normal use (hold locations under evaluation) HOLD TESTING FULLY BOUNDS PROCESS TEMPERATURES
Testing Performed (APS) Metallurgical Analysis (Weld and Base Metal) No significant differences compared to untreated controls Mechanical Testing Hardness, Tensile Testing, Charpy Impact No significant differences between treated and controls Hydrogen Content
Insignificant change to hydrogen content between treated and controls AGREEMENT BETWEEN EB AND APS TESTING Implementation Roadmap All test data in review prior to NAVSEA evaluation Process implementation roadmap In Review GDEB transitioning effort to affordability initiatives for full business case development and implementation Roadmap will be available to NSRP community to guide PlasmaBlast implementation
Project Specific Deliverables Quarterly Reports (3) May 18, 2018 - COMPLETE August 17, 2018 - COMPLETE December 18, 2018 - COMPLETE Final Report NAVSEA approved qualification plan (Under Review) Thank You
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