According to an article published by the technical association NACE, studies reveal that the direct cost of corrosion to an industrial economy is approximately 3.1% of the country’s Gross National Product (GNP). In the United States, this amounts to over $276 B per year.
Corrosion is undoubtedly a key issue in the military. The US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps hold inventory assets worth trillions of dollars, with corrosion ruining structural integrity and creating unending life cycle costs – especially military aircraft. As of 2011, corrosion costs for military aviation and missile weapon systems alone amount to $1.4 billion per year.
Similar to financial nightmares, corrosive accumulation also reduces structural performance and puts the safety of our servicemen and women at risk.
As a natural occurring issue, corrosion isn’t a problem that is going to go away any time soon; especially considering the military is constantly enduring the harshest environments the world has to offer – including the corrosive particles of salt, sand, dust, and many others.
According to U.S. defense requirements, all aircraft stationed near saltwater need to be clear water rinsed at least once every 15 days. Furthermore, all aircraft flown under 3000 feet over salt water require a CWR after the last flight of the day.
To help reduce costs, increase safety, and effectively control corrosion susceptibility, Riveer developed the BirdBath – a high-flow, low-pressure automatic clear water rinse system designed for efficient taxi-through application.
The CWRS is tested and proven to remove the build-up of dust, salt, and other corrosion-causing agents from the entire outer structure of aircrafts, saving operators time and money spent on maintenance. The BirdBath can also rinse the aircraft in under 1 minute without requiring an operator, and can be configured to process almost any number of aircraft per day. On top of everything, it reclaims, filters, and reuses 80% of the water for future rinses.
Corrosion may always be a natural issue to deal with, but let’s not allow it to destroy the integrity of our military equipment and risk the safety of those serving our country.