December 2018 Vol. 1

PCN – Communicating Advances In Protective Coatings Globally in Real Time

Leading Source of Industry News on Protective Coatings for Oil &Gas, Pipelines, Marine and Construction

Samsung Shipyard and Jotun Develop Solvent-free Paint for Commercial LNG Vessels

Shawcor Stock Hits 12 Month Low

PPG to Hike Prices on Industrial Coatings Citing ‘Unprecedented’ Costs

PPG Plans $1.7M Upgrade at Protective Coatings Factory in China

Sherwin-Williams Showcases Sher-Loxane™ 800 High-Performance Polysiloxane Designed for Long-term Protection in Highly-Corrosive Environments
It combines the properties of both a high performance epoxy and a polyurethane

Akzo Nobel and PPG Industries Strengthen Their Businesses with Minor Acquisitions

Self-healing Mechanisms in Smart Protective Coatings: A Review

New Web Portal Dedicated to Protective Coatings News (Current and On Trend)

Hempel Opens New R&D Centre of Excellence in Barcelona

Axalta Reveals Sustainable Corrosion Technology Solutions for the Oil and Gas Sector

Sherwin-Williams Debuts New Pipeclad™ Epoxy Coating (High Performance Pipeline Coating)

NACE Signals New Solutions for Pipeline Coatings in the Middle East

Polyguard Introduces a Heavy Duty Extension of its IRO Product

New Products: Chemline 2265 ARO Coating Provides Increased Abrasion Resistance

Jotun Protecting Bridges From Corrosion with Aluminium Pigmented Epoxy and a top coat Hardtop™ AS

Applying Protective Coatings in Cold Winter Conditions

Discussion on Performance of FBE Pipeline Coatings
The FBE coating on steel pipes is designed to reduce corrosion, but it is not indestructible. Corrosion can result on the outside of the pipe due to rock or soil stresses and abrasion. A common coating used on these pipes is 3M ScotchKote Fusion Bonded Epoxy 6233. This coating can degrade in sunlight. According to a 2009 technical brief from 3M, some of these FBE coatings have poor ultraviolet light resistance. According to National Association of Pipe Coating Applicators: Above ground storage of coated pipe in excess of six months without additional ultraviolet protection is not recommended. If the integrity of this coating is not maintained, the risk of steel corrosions could increase.

PCN – Global Oil and Gas Protective Coatings News Covering Leading Manufacturers AkzoNobel, 3M, Hempel, Jotun, Axalta Coating System, Sherwin-Williams, Kansai Paints, RPM International, Aegion Corporation, Ashland, BASF, CMP

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• Fusion bonded epoxy (FBE)
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• 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:
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• 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
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Microscopy -Count layers and thickness of layers
-Assess porosity and voids
-Check distribution and orientation of filler particles

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