IDS has implemented electrostatic decontamination methodologies into its treatment protocols. Independent studies conducted by the DOE at National Laboratories have demonstrated increased efficacy as a result of charging decon solutions. Charging the particles at an appropriate level produces mutual replusion that can overcome gravitational settling and promote optimal deposition on surfaces. As ungrounded, nonconductive treated surface become charged, those surfaces resist the uptake of additional airborne particle, thus permitting airborne particles to selectively deposit onto surfaces with less desposition as shown in the Aerosol_Decon_Test Data Report.
As both military and civilian hardware often contain electronics and confined spaces that can not be effectively decontaminated using sprays or foams. Conversely, the use of strongly oxidizing gases such as chlorine and vaporous hydrogen peroxide, although effective at getting into small spaces, may be problematic due to the possibility of permanent damage to electronic devices. Thus, there is a need to apply effective, gentle, decontamination agents by methods that are conducive to the transport of the agent into small spaces. Aerosol delivery of mild decontamination agents is one such delivery technique. A variety of methods for generating aerosol particles with these characteristics have been explored in the laboratory, along with means to charge the particles.
IDS routinely uses this type of state-of-the-art equipment to more effectively treat surfaces much more thoroughly and effectively than any other methodology with less product. In addition, the formulations can be distributed in a much more comprehensive manner versus traditional manual wipe downs. It is also particularly effective for sensitive equipment and porous surfaces.