December 2020 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:  * Acotec * Armacell * Armacell * Carboguard® * Carboline * Croll * ExcelPlas * Graphene * Hempel * Humidur® * Hyundai Heavy Industries * JKC Fluor JV * Jotun * LNG Coatings * Matrix * Mitsui * PCN * PPG * Titanium  Dioxide * Woodside


Matrix Signs Technology Development Agreement with Woodside the Leading Australian Natural Gas Producer (Breaking News)

Manufacturers of Humidur® Protective Coatings Acotec (Belgium) Establishes Strategic Business Alliance With Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Matrix Announced as Exclusive Distributor of Humidur®Corrosion Protection Coatings in Australasia

Newly Designed Coating by Hyundai Heavy Industries for Ballast Tanks Needs Only One Application
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI Group) and the Marshall Islands Registry have completed a joint development project to create an environmentally friendly, solvent-free coating for water ballast tanks that only requires one coat.

Carboline’s Epoxy Mastic Coating Successfully Used to Recoat 8 Kilometre Long Mighty Michigan Bridge
Once primed, the final two layers on the towers consisted of an intermediate coat of the Carboguard 893 epoxy at roughly 9 mils (228.6 microns) DFT, followed by an ivory-colored urethane topcoat of the Carbothane 133 VOC of at least 1 mil (25.4 microns) DFT.

Crisis Creates Opportunity – How Coating Failures in the LNG Industry Lead to Better Understanding of Protective Coatings​

Surface Roughness Profile and its Effect on Coating Adhesion and Corrosion Protection: A Review

Akzo Nobel, Jotun and PPG Make the JKC Fluor LNG JV Approved Suppliers List

Fungal Deterioration of Anti-Corrosive Coatings​

Matrix Composites & Engineering (ASX:MCE) signs agreement with Woodside (ASX:WPL)

Coating Testing, Analysis & Consulting Services are Specialist Capabilities Provided by ExcelPlas Labs Globally

Corrosion Protection Whatever the Weather​

Review of Toxicity and Carcinogenicity of Titanium Dioxide White Pigment

Axalta 4th Quarter 2020 Investor Presentation (PDF) (Declassified)


Armacell Patent Highly Fire-Resistant Polymeric Foam Insulation for LNG and Oil & Gas Applications

Use of Electrochemical Current Noise Method to Monitor Carbon Steel Corrosion Under Mineral Wool Insulation (MWI)


Preparation of Epoxy-Propyl Functionalized Graphene Oxide and its Anticorrosion Properties Complexed with Epoxy Resin

Aminosilane-co-Graphene Oxide/Epoxy Nanocomposite Coating: An Approach Towards Toughness and Viscoelastic Properties Enhancement

An Investigation of Corrosion Behaviour of Epoxy/Amine Micro/Nanocapsule Based Smart Coatings

Preparation of Aniline Trimer Modified Graphene Oxide New Composite Coating and Study on Anticorrosion Performance


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


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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.

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