Aside from training, STAR4D also conducts applied research. This research is more than just lab technicians analyzing results. STAR4D research replicates real world situations and uses real equipment and materials in order to produce the most accurate and practical results.
Research had been conducted on topics relating to application processes, how certain coatings react in the real world, and also the most efficient equipment to use. Results from STAR4D research is done in order to assist military facilities with having actual data to make decisions on what type of coating to use, or what appropriate cure times would be.
The most recent research was an ongoing process involving two HMMWV's that were coated with different materials and analyzed to determine the susceptibility to marring. The case study for this research is below (1.5 vs. 1.5 VOC Case Study) along with past projects.
- 1.5 vs. 1.5 VOC Case Study
January 2008 - STAR4D research study on comparison of Sherwin Williams chemical agent resistant coatings (CARC) - MIL-D-53039 Silica vs. MIL-D-53039 Polymeric Bead.
- Cost Analysis - Water Dispersible CARC Transition
March 2006 - Cost analysis of the Department of Defense replacing solvent-borne CARC with WD-CARC.
- Waterborne CARC Forced-Dry Time Evaluations
August 2005 - Comparison of air dry time charactertistics of WD-CARC (MIL-DTL-64159 Type II) and solvent-based aliphatic polyurethane hazardous air pollutant free (MIL-C-53039A) CARC alternative.
- CARC Dry Time Evaluations
July 2005 - Comparison of MIL-C-53039A, MIL-C-53039A (HAP's free) and MIL-DTL-64159 Type II - waterborne coating.
- Benefits of Proper Gun Setup
December 2004 - Benefits of HVLP, compliant, airless and air-assisted proper gun setup.
- Water Jet Case Study
October 2004 - Case study of ultrahigh pressure water stripping vs. soda abrasive blasting for paint removal on military ground vehicles.
- The Cost of Inefficiency
August 2004 - Study on the costs of inefficient finish quality, transfer efficiency and build quality.