Protective coatings are DoD’s primary method of corrosion control. Coatings are
usually selected from laboratory tests and field trials. Based on these trials, lifeexpectations
are developed. Using a Monte Carlo simulation method, an argument
is developed for including an assessment of the range of material performance
as a function of key application variables to better predict coating performance.
Reliance on the average performance observations may not result in a
satisfactory life prediction.