December 2019 Vol. 1

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: * Belzona * ExcelPlas * Hempel * International Paints * JKC * Jotun  * NACE  * PPG  

PPG Achieves Holy Grail in Dispersing High Loadings of Graphene in Coatings

Intercalated Graphene Oxide for Anticorrosive Reinforcement of Waterborne Epoxy Resin Coating

NACE Workshops Focus on Corrosion Under Insulation

Control of Corrosion Under Insulation

Belzona Introduces Next Generation Products for Internal Lining of High Temperature Equipment Operating Under Immersion

PPG Introduces Next-Generation Flexible Passive Fire Protection Coatings

Belzona Protective Coatings for Pumps

Axalta Completes Acquisition of UAE-Based Capital Paints

Protecting Tank Farms from Corrosion

Hybrid Shell Microcapsules with High Thermal and Chemical Stability for Autonomous Self?Healing of Epoxy Coatings

Synthesis and Characterization of a Protective Coating Against Corrosion Based on Scale and Iron Pigment

Dispersion of Graphene to Improve the Corrosion Resistance of Waterborne Epoxy Coating

Mangrove Inspired Anti-Corrosion Coatings

Cobalt Doped Magnetite Nanoparticles for Corrosion Protection of Epoxy Coated Reinforced Steel

Electrochemical Investigation of Graphene on the Corrosion of Scratched Polyurea Based Organic Coating

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.