Presenters Name: Priscilla Johnston

Employment Title: Coatings Scientist, Marine Specialty Coatings, Specialised Coatings & Corrosion Science

Company: Defence Science & Technology Group

Biography:  Priscilla is a PhD qualified polymer chemist and has undertaken postdoctoral research in both the UK and Australia. She joined DSTG in 2020 as a Coatings Scientist in the Specialised Coatings and Corrosion Science Group, where she primarily works on projects that deliver improved coatings solutions and advice to the Royal Australian Navy. Her main interests lie in the evaluation of new coatings technologies as well as the trial and inspection of coating systems applied on Defence platforms.

Presentation Title: Heat Induction Coating Removal – RAN Trial

Presentation Abstract:  Replacement of coatings on Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels due to coating breakdown and corrosion, accounts for a significant proportion of overall maintenance activities. New technologies that can reduce the time and cost penalties associated with coating and corrosion maintenance work are highly sought after. One potential technology is heat induction coating removal. Heat induction coating removal uses the principles of induction heating to rapidly heat coated steel substrates and disbond adhered coating. The technology is marketed as being faster, cleaner and safer than traditional coating removal methods such as abrasive blasting.

Between the 21st and 23rd of November 2023, heat induction coating removal was trialled for the first time on a RAN asset. Three deck regions coated with a non-skid coating system were selected for the trial. Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) personnel were engaged to witness the trial and collect data to evaluate the relative merits and limitations of the technology for the RAN. In this presentation, the results of our measurements of deck plate temperatures, noise, evolved gases and coating removal rates will be discussed together with an overview of our main recommendations to the RAN if this technology was to be used more widely in the future.