Engineers face temperature, pressure, corrosive, ecological challenges in designing equipment for deep water applications. Utilization of subsea instrumentation, autonomous underwater vehicles, processing/control systems become more difficult as depths are extended. Significant progress has been made in formulating high performance bonding, sealing, filling, encapsulation polymer compounds to meet the evolving specifications of manufacturers to meet these saltwater marine requirements. Epoxy systems protect and adhere well to submerged surfaces such as steel, aluminum, rubbers, fiberglass, ceramics and composites. From oceanography to telecommunications to oil/gas exploration and production, cutting edge technological advances offer sustainable eco-friendly solutions to improve operational efficiency.
Innovative solvent free, cold curing epoxy systems offer technologists multiple options. They feature resistance to mild acids, caustics, detergents, gasoline, fuel oil, abrasives, vibration/shock and thermal cycling. Compounds can be applied by brush, roller or spatula. Custom packaging is available in gun applicators and flexible divider pouches. Paste systems are often employed for repair/rebuilding cracks or worn metal components. Special formulations are effective for splash zones, cure underwater, form a barrier against tidal prone areas and withstand compression, impact loads.