Evaluation of 5-Year Dayboard Materials
Final rept. Aug 1989-Apr 1992
COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT
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The U. S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluation of 5-year dayboard systems consisted of a material searchevaluation, a life cycle cost benefit study, accelerated weathering of candidate materials, field deployment of a limited number of full-size dayboards, and a detection and color recognition field test conducted with 12-inch diameter plugs of the candidate materials on both light and dark backgrounds. Materials evaluated are the current fluorescent elastromeric film, a nonfluorescent elastromeric film, epoxy paint, Surlyn foam, Lumasite acrylic, and Modulite fiberglass embedment. Results of the detection and color recognition field test found no candidate material had higher nor lower measured distances than the fluorescent material, on both light and dark backgrounds. The nonfluorescent film, Surlyn foam, and Modulite materials all appear to provide detection and color recognition distances within 10 percent of those for the current system and were found to be acceptable lower cost replacements for the current system.
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