December 2019 Vol. 3

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 * ExcelPlas * Graphene * International Paints * Jotun * Kansai Paint  * PPG * Sherwin-Williams 

Jotun A/S and COSCO SHIPPING International Hong Kong Renew Joint Venture Agreement

PPG Announces Global Price Increase on Industrial Coatings Products

Akzo Nobel Present paper on Reducing the Cost of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)

Protective Coatings Test Laboratory Expands in Melbourne
ExcelPlas Coating Testing Labs (Melbourne) showcase the advantages of using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to measure water ingression and detect early signs of coating failure, before being visually manifested.  ExcelPlas also has UV test chambers running and environmental chambers to evaluate coated test panels under total immersion conditions.

Can a New Graphene Coating Save the Chinese military From Rusting Away in the South China Sea?

Sherwin-Williams Coating Selected for Corrosion Protection at Aramco Refinery

Failure of FBE Coatings in Gas Transporting Pipelines (Used)

Talking Corrosion Control with Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings Experts

Protection of Mild Steel by Waterborne Epoxy Coatings Incorporation of Polypyrrole Nanowires/Graphene Nanocomposites

A Review on Conducting Polymers and Nanopolymer Composite Coatings for Steel Corrosion Protection

Liquid-like Secondary Amine Containing POSS as Reactive Nanoadditive to Improve the Anticorrosion Performance of Epoxy Coating

Evaluation of Coating Resistivity for Pigmented/Unpigmented Epoxy Coatings Under Marine Alternating Hydrostatic Pressure

Enhancing Chloride Ion Penetration Resistance into Concrete by Using Graphene Oxide Reinforced Waterborne Epoxy Coating

Effect of Graphene Nanoplatelets on Flame Retardancy and Corrosion Resistance of Epoxy Nanocomposite 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.