The electrolyte-rich elements of salt water are challenging the longevity of coatings in the marine environment industry like never before. Whether wave action and salt spray outside or harsh conditions in ballast tanks, ships are being attacked from all sides. Hull integrity is an not just an important operational consideration it is also an important for the safety of seaborne crews. TESLAN coatings can not only help protect steel surfaces from degradation, but also reduce the on-site dangers and repair costs associated with corrosion damage.
TESLAN Coatings Strengthen Marine Assets with CNT Technology
TESLAN demonstrates strength beyond the parameters of modern testing standards. The mechanical damage assumed in creep tests is rarely seen in real world applications due to TESLAN’s superior durability. In adhesion tests, even the best glues available will fail before TESLAN coatings do.
The key to TESLAN’s unparalleled strength is our innovative carbon nanotube (CNT) technology. CNTs, nano-scale particles which individually cannot be seen unaided to the human eye, arrange themselves throughout the coating into a matrix of rebar-like structures that make our coatings both tough and flexible. This translates into durability advantages over foes like weather, UV light, abrasion and other daily wear and tear. Reduced maintenance and longer coating life deliver proven cost savings to our customers.
Extensive nanotechnology research and development prove that TESLAN’s patented two-coat system outperforms conventional three-coat paint systems for superior protection of steel surfaces. Whether you deal with ships or other marine structures, TESLAN provides unrivaled resistance to corrosion in the face of the harshest marine conditions.
TELSAN Provides Cathodic Protection from Marine Corrosion
In the marine industry, salt water and other corrosive compounds threaten steel’s strength and integrity by posing the risk of oxidation.
While CNT technology is undeniably incredible, there is another key player in TELSAN coatings that contributes to phenomenal cathodic protection against corrosion. That would be zinc, included in our primers for its galvanic properties. Zinc will oxidize before steel when exposed to electrolyte-rich conditions such as the saltwater environments faced in the marine industry, making it an ideal additive to work in conjunction with carbon nanotubes.
CNTs possess immense electrical conductivity- 1000 times that of copper. This allows for more efficient use of the zinc providing galvanic protection in our primer coat. The zinc in our coating donates its electrons along the CNT quantum network maximizing the cathodic protection of the steel beneath. This mechanism prevents the steel from sacrificing an electron at an anodic site which would otherwise start the process of corrosion.
Our coatings imbue the mechanical properties of CNTs into the film, resulting in benefits including tremendous tensile strength greater than 10 times that of a conventional system – outstanding barrier properties, the ability to eliminate microcracking, and prevention of film breakdown due to weathering. These strengths and more all contribute to the longevity of our TESLAN coatings, so that your steel assets can be protected from the wear of the marine industry for years to come.
Easily Apply TESLAN in Just One Visit
Unlike traditional coatings, TESLAN’s two-coat system applies quickly and with ease. Gone are the days of creating complex schedules to work around re-coat times- streamline your schedule with the simplicity of TESLAN. When applied to ships and marine structures, TESLAN exhibits self-healing abilities to protect your steel assets despite exposure to the harshest environments on Earth. Experience the toughness of a protective plating with the easy application of a paint.
Results of studies show that the incorporation of CNTs into epoxy composite coatings like ours can also significantly improve edge retention. This means that stripe coatings are not required with TESLAN on any project, saving you both time and money. CNTs prevent common paint issues like dripping and sagging, and allow for wet-on-wet application so installation can be completed in a single visit without any need for touch ups even on your most complex geometries. Eliminate tedious application steps and slash maintenance downtime with TESLAN.
Is your team dealing with a time crunch? TESLAN’s quick application can get your project back on schedule. Tesla NanoCoatings’ unique wet-on-wet process enables applicators to apply a topcoat only 30 to 45 minutes after the primer has been applied. This process delivers advanced corrosion protection provided by a monolithic bond formed between the primer and topcoat- on top of significant time and cost savings.
Award-Winning NANO Non-Skid Deck Coatings Improve Safety
One of the most common type of injury in the marine industry is a slip and fall. Ship decks and walkways on marine structures are naturally exposed to large amounts of saltwater which present a perpetual slip and fall hazard to on site personnel.
Typical non-skid coatings involve the application of numerous layers of epoxy sprinkled with aggregate. Results of this process often leave much to be desired, as the application can take days just to end up with an uneven aggregate distribution that defeats the purpose of the coating altogether.
We took it upon ourselves to develop a better solution that integrates all the best parts of the nanotechnology behind TESLAN coatings. The result is NANO Non-Skid: a single coat solution imbued with CNTs, zinc, and non-skid aggregate that offers superior safety in less than a day. It delivers all of the benefits of our signature TESLAN coatings along with the added benefit of non-skid properties to reduce risk of injury even in the toughest marine environments.
This economical deck coating was awarded with the Materials Performance’s Innovation of 2023 for its quick and easy application, incredible durability, cathodic protection, and non-skid properties. If you’ve been looking for a protective coating for your vessel’s deck, NANO Non-Skid is it.
To learn more about how TESLAN coatings can offer superior protection of steel in just a fraction of the time, give us a call or send us an email today.