August 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

NEWSMAKERS:  * Chemours * DeFelsko * Elcometer * Evonik * ExcelPlas * Hempel * Jotun * NACE * SPC Coatings  * Sherwin-Williams  

Jotun Whitepaper on High Temperature Testing of Crude Oil Tank Linings

Todd Cottrell Joins Hempel as Group VP for North America

Hempel Appoints New Vice President for North America

Hempel Appoints New VP and COO

The Effect of Epoxy and Non-Epoxy Coating Treatment on the Corrosion of Low Carbon Steel in Sodium Chloride Solutions

Enhanced Corrosion Protection of Epoxy/ZnO-NiO Nanocomposite Coatings on Steel

Development and Anti-Corrosion Performance of Epoxy Resin and Zinc Phosphate  on Steel in NaCl Experimental Studies

Optimise Your Blasting – 4. How your Blast Setup Affects the Project Cost

Optimise Your Blasting – 5. How to Save Over 30% of your Total Blasting Costs

Getting to know the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 Series Coating Thickness Gauges (Video)

Understanding Chemical Resistance of Epoxy Coating Systems (Technical Paper)

Corrosion Cost and Impact – Australasian Review Causes and Management of Corrosion

Crucial Corrosion Protection for the Oil and Gas Industry

Superhydrophobic Coatings for Steel Pipeline Protection in Oil and Gas Industries: A Comprehensive Review

LIVE Webinar One-Day: Understanding Underground FBE Coatings for Oil and Gas Pipelines (Sept. 11, 2020)

Pioneering Pipeline Coating Products Arrive Down Under

Piping Specialty Supply Service (PSSS) Becomes Official Distributor of Specialty Polymer Coatings’ (SPC) Range in Australia

Epoxy Coating Anti-Corrosion Properties Enhancement via the Steel Surface Treatment by Nanostructured Samarium Oxide-Poly-Dopamine Film

This newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Coating Labs (

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.