April 2020 Vol. 4

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 * Hexion * International Paints * Jotun * NACE * PPG * 

AkzoNobel’s Q1 Results Show 31 Percent Profitability Improvement, Despite Headwinds From COVID-19

Akzo Nobel’s First-Quarter Profit Jumps as it Braces for Coronavirus Woes

PPG Trying to ‘Limit Impact’ of COVID-19 on Global Operations

Hexion Introduces New Epoxy System, Curing Agent (Breaking News)

NACE-SSPC Merger Approved by Members (Breaking News)

Effects of Graphene on the Corrosion Evolution of Epoxy Zinc-Containing Coatings

Bonanza for Protective Coating on Fadhili Gas Plant (FGP) – Saudi Aramco Mega Project Under Construction
Coatings for Marine Applications & Offshore Platforms

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.

Epoxy Coating Capable of Providing Multi-component Passive Film for Long-term Anti-corrosion of Steel

Cerium Dioxide Nanoparticles as Smart Carriers for Self-Healing Epoxy Coatings

Enhanced Barrier Properties of Epoxy Coating Containing CaCO3 Microparticles Modified with Cerium Nitrate

Large-scale Preparation of Fluorographene/Epoxy Nanocomposite Coatings on Steel for Corrosion Protection

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.