When it comes to aviation, flying and plane storage are especially challenging in winter weather. From handling regular plane maintenance to making sure that a plane is properly deiced so that it can fly without ice buildup on the wings or tail, the facilities that house and maintain planes need to be able to handle everything including harsh climate, aggressive chemicals and impacts that come with the territory. To protect the planes, aviation facilities need to be guarded against the wintry climates they face. The facility needs a coatings system for the hangar flooring that could handle the very worst. The challenges are manifold: The weight of the airplanes and the various parts that would need to be installed and fixed, the jet fuel and other chemicals that could easily spill on the floor, the potential impact of any parts that fell on accident, the foot traffic of the mechanics and pilots themselves – not to mention the potential for thermal shock near the roll-up doors.
Tnemec designs coatings systems that could take on everything the jets and the environment could throw at it. A combination of coatings on facility floors can handle the harshest situations. 110 miles south of the Arctic Circle near Fairbanks, Alaska, lies Eielson Air Force Base where the temperature in the winter can drop below -50°F and where there was a need for a hangar flooring to support the F-35s. Toronto Pearson recently upgraded its facility so that all deicing takes place at the Centralized Deicing Facility. Designed to be environmentally friendly, all planes are deiced in the same area. The topcoat used in this case included the Series 280 Tnemec-Glaze, a thin-film modified polyamine epoxy, known for hardening into a glaze-like, stain- and abrasion-resistant coating that handles pressurized hot water and detergent cleaning easily.