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Nova Graphene Awarded Two Defence Contracts To Develop Corrosion-Resistant Materials For Helicopter Rotors

By: PRLog

Nova Graphene has been awarded two contracts by Canada's Department of National Defence's Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program to develop graphene- enhanced materials to protect helicopter rotors from erosion & wear due to exposure to sand, ice, and water.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - April 28, 2022 - PRLog -- The ability to fly in degraded visual environments (e.g., rain or sand storms) is operationally advantageous, but results in increased damage to the aircraft, especially erosion damage to the rotary wing blades. Each rotary wing blade has an integral leading edge erosion strip, which when damaged necessitates the replacement of the entire blade. Polymeric and tape coatings have been employed on the leading edge to extend the life of the blades in a dry sand environment. However, these coatings are intended for protection against incidental exposures such as during landing and takeoff, or light sandy environments, and require frequent touch-ups between flights, increasing the maintenance burden and reducing the availability of the aircraft. The durability of the protective coating is a key consideration since coatings failure results in increased rotor vibrations, impacting flight safety and often results in an aborted mission.

Through the IDEaS program, Nova Graphene is leveraging its proprietary graphene technologies to provide the means to significantly improve protections for these rotors, thereby increases flight capability while minimizing downtime due to maintenance.

The first contract award is for the development of graphene-enhanced protective coatings for the entire rotor blade, while the second contract is to develop an improved leading-edge protective strip.

Nova Graphene C.E.O. Paul Beasant is excited the company was chosen twice from an elite field to spearhead this important R&D effort. "We are honored to be working to provide improved flight capability for helicopters for our military. As our production capability continues to expand, we also look forward to making our products available to our allies, as well as for commercial applications."

About The Company: Graphene, a revolutionary carbon allotrope, is the future of all sectors of manufacturing. Nova Graphene is an international provider of unique graphenes and graphene- enhanced product formulations. Their blends – including "CarbonEra BlackTM" and "CarbonEra PlatinumTM" – have successfully & dramatically improved the properties of everything from concrete & composites, to lubricants & 3D printing filaments.

More information can be found at

Nova Graphene
1 902 225 0454

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