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Coating’s Company Sues Two Other Companies for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets and Selling the Protective Coating for Railcars to Hempel


Interview with Alexander Enström, Executive Vice President of Marine, Hempel
Alexander has more than 14 years of experience in the coatings industry and leads Hempel’s Marine Segment

Royal Coatings has filed a lawsuit accusing StanChem and Hall Technologies of misappropriating its trade secrets and confidential business information to cut them out of a lucrative business opportunity
RCI alleges StanChem and Hall Technologies, after signing non-disclosure agreements, proceeded to use RCI’s confidential information and cut RCI out of the business opportunity by selling the alternative polymer for railcar coatings directly to Hempel

How Liquid Coatings Can Curb Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) in the LNG Industry

Sherwin-Williams Wins Vaaler Award for CUI-mitigation Coatings

Never Again: Dealing With the CUI Phenomenon

Boat Paint and Epoxy Fragments Claimed to be Leading Contributors of Microplastic Pollution


Hempel Patent New Silicone Coating for Anti-Fouling Paints

Hempel Patent New Coating for Wind Turbine Blades


Preparation and Anticorrosion Properties of GO-Ce-MOF Nanocomposite Epoxy Coatings

A Smart Acid-Responsive GO/MS/BTA Hybrid Epoxy-based Anti-Corrosion Coating

Study and Investigation of Corrosion Resistance, Adhesion and Hardness of Epoxy/Organoclay Nanocomposite Coatings Containing Iron Oxide and Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles

Multi-physical and Anti-Corrosion properties of Graphene-Reinforced Epoxy Nanocomposite Coatings for Industrial Applications

Chloride Ion-Responsive Self-Healing Epoxy Composite Coatings Realized by 2-Mercaptobenzimidazole and 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole Intercalated Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxides
Designing functionalized anti-corrosion fillers for harsh corrosive environments remains a huge challenge in coating field

Fabrication of Corrosion Inhibiting Microcapsules Functional Coating and Their High-Efficiency Corrosion Resistance

Preparation of Microcapsules with Linseed oil and Benzotriazole for Epoxy Protective Coatings

Unveiling the Multifaceted Incorporation of Epoxy-Maize Cob Nanoparticle Composite Coating of Mild Steel in Mixed Acid Environment

High Heat Resistance, Strength, and Toughness of Epoxy Coatings with Cellulose Nanofibers and Structurally Designed Ionic Liquid

Fully Bio-based Epoxy Coatings from Lignin and Epoxidized Soybean Oil: Rigid-flexible, Tuneable Properties and High Lignin Content

Investigation of the Release Rate of Biocide and Corrosion Resistance of Vinyl-, Acrylic-, and Epoxy-Based Antifouling Paints on Steel in Marine Infrastructures


Exploring Epoxy Coating Failures with ExcelPlas
While epoxy coatings are generally durable and effective at preventing corrosion, there are a few common types of epoxy coating failures that can occur:

  • Adhesion failure: This occurs when the epoxy coating fails to properly adhere to the surface of the pipe, which can be caused by factors such as improper surface preparation or a poorly formulated coating. Adhesion failure can result in the coating peeling or flaking off, exposing the underlying steel surface to corrosion.
  • Blistering: This occurs when small bubbles or blisters form on the surface of the epoxy coating, which can be caused by improper surface preparation, moisture contamination, or excessive heat during curing.
  • Cracking: This occurs when the epoxy coating develops small cracks, which can be caused by factors such as thermal expansion and contraction, improper coating thickness, or exposure to chemicals.
  • Delamination: This occurs due to intercoat or interfacial adhesion failure due to the presence of a weak boundary layer such as silicone or hydrocarbon oil contamination.


Failure Analysis and Investigation of Protective Coatings in Mining, Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Chemical Plants, Energy Infrastructure and Bridges (Ask the Experts)

Critical Questions for Protective Coatings for Asset Protection in Oil & Gas, LNG:

  • Why is the coating not stopping corrosion?
  • Why is the coating delaminating or blistering?
  • Has the coating been correctly specified / applied?
  • Does the coating meet the manufacturing standard, including properties such as correct hardness/cure, adhesion and thickness?
  • What surface preparation and atmospheric conditions must be achieved to successfully apply the coating?
  • Does the coating have any defects in it? How will these affect performance?
  • Why did the coating fail? Root cause assessment.
  • How can the coating be successfully repaired/remediated so that it doesn’t fail again?

ExcelPlas Labs can answer these questions and more…


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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.

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