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2/15/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

LumiShield Recognized for Defense Department Corrosion Solution

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LumiShield awarded prize for its solution to brake-component corrosion in Defense Department’s new Maritime Combatant Craft Medium Mk I boat trailers to help solve problem faced by troops in the field.

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LumiShield, a developer of aqueous, aluminum-based, anti-corrosion processes, has been awarded a prize for its solution to brake-component corrosion in Maritime Combatant Craft Medium Mk I boat trailers. The prize resulted from a challenge competition sponsored by TeamWerx.org, an organization established by the U.S. Department of Defense to find novel solutions to problems faced by troops in the field.

The Mk I boat is a new addition to the Naval Special Warfare fleet. It’s a multimission surface tactical mobility craft whose primary purpose is the extraction of special operations forces from threat environments. The Combatant Craft trailer is exposed to corrosion from sea water and, as a result, multiple brake components have caused the trailer brakes to seize or fail.

The competition objective was to identify a solution to prevent or significantly mitigate brake-component corrosion, and allow for the unfettered operation of the brake system, while complying with U.S. Department of Transportation standards. Submissions also had to address the risks and potential payoffs of the presented option.

LumiShield was founded in 2014 as a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Its foundation process is Lumidize, an aqueous plating chemistry that can replace environmentally detrimental processes that contain heavy metals and phosphates.

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