Corrosion Evaluation System: CorRES

Aircraft coatings are the first lines of defense when it comes to mitigating structural corrosion of an air platform. As new coatings are developed, particularly those that contain non-chrome primers, there is a need for researchers to qualify the coatings for use on military aircraft prior to transition.  Our new corrosion and coating evaluation system, CorRES, can measure the ability of coatings to protect aircraft structures by using sensor panels that measure localized changes during corrosion testing. Unlike conventional coating tests that rely on an expert’s visual evaluation of a test panel at the conclusion of a test cycle, the CorRES takes measurements throughout a coating’s test and transmits data in real-time to a base station for evaluation. Ultimately, the test will reduce costs associated with coating materials development and implementation through better data and understanding.