April 2020 Vol. 3

PCN – Communicating News In Protective Coatings Globally in Real Time

Leading Source of Industry News on Protective Coatings for Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Marine and Construction
Stay in Touch with the Cladding Industry While Social Distancing

NEWSMAKERS: * Axalta * Akzo Nobel * Carboline * ExcelPlas * Hempel * International Paints * Jotun * NACE * PPG * 

“A Great Year for Hempel” – Hempel’s Revenue Grew by 14 per Cent to EUR 1,500 Mill

Podcast: Carboline President on Leadership During COVID-19

Akzo Nobel: Revival On Hold During Outbreak

Why Axalta Coating Systems Crashed in March

Carboline Podcasts (Free to PCN Readers)

Wet Abrasive Blasting – The Future of Surface Preparation and the Effect it has on Steel

Protection and Flexibility in Just Three Coats

Coating Manufacturers to Feel Impact of COVID-19 on Cruise Industry with Reduced Demand for Protective Hull Coatings

ExcelPlas Protective Coatings Test Laboratory in Melbourne
ExcelPlas Coating Testing Labs (Melbourne) showcase their advanced coatings analysis equipment including software for calculating of diffusion path lengths in barrier coatings as well as advantages of using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to measure water ingression and detect early signs of coating failure, before being visually manifested.  ExcelPlas also has UV test chambers running and environmental chambers to evaluate coated test panels under total immersion conditions.

Jotun Paints Creates Underwater Robot to Address Marine Biofouling Problems

Whitepaper on High Temperature Crude Oil Testing of Tank Linings [PDF]

Jotun Transforms Storage Tank Turnaround Times with TankFast Coatings

Carboline Offers Free Training on Coatings

Modern Corrosion Testing of Protective Coatings Using Continuous Salt Spray tests like ASTM B117 and ISO 9227

Manipulation of TiO2 Nanoparticle/Polymer Coatings Wettability and Friction in Different Environments

Adhesion and Cohesion of Epoxy-based Industrial Composite Coatings

Functionalization of Silica with Triazine Hydrazide to Improve Corrosion Protection and Interfacial Adhesion Properties of Epoxy Coating and Steel Substrate

Using Silane to Decorate Graphene Oxide with Nano-Titanium Dioxide for Enhancing the Anti-Corrosion Properties of Epoxy Coating

This newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Coating Labs (http://www.excelplas.com/)

ExcelPlas Labs provides independent testing, analysis and investigation on protective coatings to prevent corrosion.

ExcelPlas has extensive analytical capabilities for testing of Protective Coatings and Insulation Consulting for major oil and gas companies.

We conduct corrosion surveys, coating sampling, coating analysis and testing to ensure coating specifications for a wide range of onshore and offshore clients in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.

ExcelPlas Labs offer a full range of coating testing and analytical services to Australia’s mining, oil, gas and infrastructure sectors.

Forensic analysis for undertaking various coating based failure investigations and problem solving.

ExcelPlas Undertakes Analysis & Testing of Polymer Coating Systems including:
• Epoxy Protective Coatings
• Epoxy-Phenolic Protective Coatings
• Fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) 
• Dual-Layer Fusion bonded epoxy (DLFBE)
• Liquid applied epoxy (LAE)
• Abrasion resistant overcoat (ARO)
• Three-layer PE (3LPE)
• Multi-component liquid spray  (MCL)
• Heat shrink sleeves (HSS)

Testing on Coatings that ExcelPlas can Undertake includes:
• Coating identification by Infra-red Analysis (FTIR)
• Degree of Cure by Thermal Analysis (DSC)
• Coating Filler Identification by X-ray Analysis (EDS/XRD)
• Coating Microstructure by Embedding, Polishing and Optical Microscopy (OM)
• Coating Thermal Stability and Composition by Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

DSC – Phase transition/volatiles / Tg / degree of cure/characterisation
TGA – Volatile compounds, inorganic mass % mix ratio
Element mapping for chlorides on paint flakes
Microscopy -Count layers and thickness of layers
-Assess porosity and voids
-Check distribution and orientation of filler particles

Condition monitoring and analysis of corrosion prevention coatings (epoxies, epoxy-phenolics)

Testing of Epoxy Coatings (LAE, FJC, FBE), heat shrink sleeves and tapes, barrier tapes and meshes.