FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NFT Licenses Gentoo™ Technology from UltraTech International to Implement into Nuclear packages Increasing Corrosion Resistant Capabilities
NFT signed a licensing agreement with UltraTech International to integrate a next generation corrosion-resistant and easy-cleaning coating, Gentoo™, into packages and containers used in storage and transportation of nuclear radioactive materials for the Department of Energy (DOE), and other nuclear industries. Gentoo™ is a new organic, hydrophobic, corrosion and chemical resistant material that can be applied as a liquid form. NFT plans to incorporate Gentoo™ into packages and products used in the nuclear industry to increase corrosion resistant capabilities.
Terry Wickland, Senior Vice President, explains, “NFT is extremely excited about the Gentoo technology, developing applications within our field of use in nuclear material packages, as well as exploring new ways and markets to expand its use. We have always wanted to work with UltraTech International and look forward to exploring possibilities for this cutting-edge technology together.”
Gentoo™ is the next generation of corrosion-resistant and easy-cleaning coatings. Traditional hydrophobic coatings are clear and abrasion resistant, but do not shed fluid easily. Superhydrophobic coatings are generally great at shedding water, but are not clear, and are easily removed. Whether it’s abrasion resistance, oil repellency or visual clarity, conventional coatings have their limitations. Gentoo™ changes that.
Gentoo™ is a dense polymer system that forms a barrier against corrosion initiators. This is due to its low surface energy, high density, and low porosity. The system is conformal, pinhole free, and very thin (4-6 microns) compared with traditional polymer coatings but far more dense and durable. The higher density of the system provides an excellent barrier to water and corrosive ions.
Adhesion & Durability
Gentoo™ has robust adhesion to painted, plated, and bare metallic substrates, as well as glass and surface primed plastics. The coating has demonstrated excellent resistance to salt spray, UV exposure, and chemical exposure – significant improvements over traditional hydrophobic coatings.
When used on top of other qualified systems, Gentoo™ further reduces corrosion and extends the lifetime of the barrier system and therefore the coated substrate. This is due to its excellent water and salt shedding properties and impact resistance. These properties also significantly reduce the effects of galvanic corrosion of dissimilar metals.
Weston S. Willits, NFT Project Engineer, is excited about how this technology will change NFT’s products, especially within the corrosion resistant realm. Willits explains, “After initial research and testing of the new Gentoo™ coating, it’s clear that UltraTech has developed a state-of-the-art corrosion resistant technology. I’m very excited to see how the Gentoo™ coating will elevate the performance of our existing products, especially in extremely corrosive environments. I think the applications are endless. This product could be a game changer, not only in the nuclear field, but throughout a vast number of industries.”
NFT has been providing creative and comprehensive solutions to challenges facing the nuclear, aerospace and commercial markets for more than three decades. NFT has diversified into new markets by utilizing core competencies and capabilities while focused on execution and delivered services. NFT fully integrates engineering, design, high precision machining, manufacturing and aftermarket services. This equates to creating cost effective and timely solutions to complex problems clients face. The “NFT Way” embraces long-term customer relationships, value-added services and commitment to quality. Last year, NFT was recognized as one of Colorado’s Companies to Watch in 2016.
Patrick Sandlin, Sales Manager