Electrically insulating aircraft materials and coatings increase the likelihood of dangerous charge buildup due to static electricity accumulation and cannot protect from lightning strikes. An electrically conductive coating that will prevent static charge buildup and increase lightning strike survival of aircraft using carbon nanomaterials homogeneously distributed in a durable coating material, will greatly advance aircraft coating technology. This coating fabrication technique will replace the heavy & hard to maintain & repair metal mesh currently used to provide the needed electrical conductivity. Additionally, it will also reduce the time required to apply anti-static coatings to non-conductive surfaces on conventional aircraft including the B-1B.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: TechConnect Briefs 2021
Published: October 18, 2021
Pages: 81 - 84
Industry sector: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
Topics: Advanced Materials for Engineering Applications, Materials Characterization & Imaging