August 2020 Vol. 2

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

NEWSMAKERS:  * Akzo Nobel  * Denso * Engineers Australia  * ExcelPlas * Hempel * Joe Pikas * Kaefer * NACE * Nippon Paints  * Safinah Group  * TDMA

Worker Hurt in Blaze at AkzoNobel Protective Coatings Plant (Breaking News)

TDMA Takes Legal Action Against the Classification of Titanium Dioxide (Breaking News)

Hempel Welcomes new COO (Breaking News)

State-of-the-Art Protective Coating Surveys
Was the coating applied and cured correctly?  What is the condition of the protective coating on LNG and Oil/Gas Assets?  Paint Sampling and Analysis Experts

Nippon Paint Marine Completes A-LF Sea Antifouling Coats for Danaos Shipping

‘A Shield of Protection’ – Coatings for Maintaining Integrity and Value of LNG Carriers
Carl Barnes, Safinah Group, UK, details the need for protective coatings to maintain the integrity and value of LNG carriers throughout their trading lifetimes.

Pipe Protective Coatings | Educational Webinar Series (Video)

Denso Showcases its Range of Archco™ Corrosion Resistant Protective Epoxy Coatings for Steel Pipes

Webinar – ‘Understanding Underground Coatings for Oil and Gas Pipelines’ – Is a Paradigm Shift
Joe Pikas will present this 1-day Understanding Underground Coatings for Oil and Gas Pipelines on September 11, 2020

Webinar – ‘Pipeline Integrity Management System An Overview’ (18 Aug 2020)

ExcelPlas Labs – The Leaders in Evaluation and Assessment of Protective Coatings 
Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) is a powerful and sensitive tool to detect the condition of a coated metal.  This technique can generate quantitative data relating to the quality of a barrier coating and the plot of data can be used to indicate the status of coating long before any visible damage occurs.  EIS can also be used as a post-evaluation tool to indicate the barrier property or any change in the coating after the test exposure, such as QUV exposure, Autoclave test, Atlas Cell test, Salt Fog or Immersion test, etc.

Kaefer Webinar – RT Radiography for Detection of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) (13 August, 2020)

An Overview of Recent Progresses in Monitoring and Understanding Localized Corrosion on Buried Steel Pipelines

Cut-Back Edge Cathodic Disbondment Susceptibility of Exposed Bare Field Joints in Offshore Pipelines

Corrosion Behavior of Reduced-Graphene-Oxide-Modified Epoxy Coatings on N80 Steel in 10.0 wt% NaCl Solution

Advanced Anti-Corrosion Coating Utilized on Two North Sea Offshore Platforms

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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.