Evaluation of Commerical Nonstick Coatings for US Army Field-Feeding Cookware
Final rept. Apr 1998-Jul 2001
ARMY SOLDIER AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMICAL COMMAND NATICK MA SOLDIER SYSTEMS CENTER
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This report describes tests conducted on several commercial nonstick coatings for cookware. The tests include a qualitative portion and a quantitative portion to fully understand the nature and behavior of each coating. An effort was made to choose and test coatings that represented the full market for nonstick coatings. Given that there are literally thousands of variations on each type of coating, it is obvious that most coatings were left out of this test. It was the intention of the author therefore to balance variety with cost effectiveness so only one coating from each coating technology was selected. Coating samples were made and tested for material properties such as thickness, hardness, coefficient of friction, adhesion, wear resistance, corrosion resistance, thermal resistance, and thermal shock. Army field cookware was coated with selected coatings and used to cook several meals. Observations were made as to the coatings condition during and after each meal. The general trend displayed in these two tests suggests that commercial coatings are not yet sufficient for use in an Army field-feeding scenario. However, more testing should be conducted on emerging technologies.
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