February 2021 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:  * Akzo Nobel * Autonomic Materials * Carboline * CUI * ExcelPlas * Graphene * Hempel * Jotun * NACE * PCN * PPG * Sherwin Williams * Tikkurila


Paint Maker Akzo Nobel Confirms $1.7-billion Bid for Finnish Paint Maker

PPG Acquires Protective Coating Company VersaFlex 
VersaFlex’s attractive segment mix with strong growth outlook, unique product offering, broad expertise and manufacturing capabilities in protective coatings will complement and expand upon PPG’s current product offering,” said Ram Vadlamannati, PPG Senior Vice President, Protective and Marine Coatings and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “This acquisition supports PPG’s commitment to growing our industry-leading technology portfolio and customer touchpoints.”  

Sherwin-Williams Releases Year-End 2020 Numbers

Sherwin-Williams Company v. PPG Industries Court Finding

Hempel Researchers Find Infra-red Laser Light Can Reveal Condition of Marine Coatings

Field Analysis of Common Coating Problems – Carboline Podcast

Corrosion & Coatings Engineers, Specialists & Experts in Coating Problems, Failures, Legal Arbitration, Claims & Failure Analysis


Mechanical Properties of Protective Coatings against Marine Fouling: A Review

Leveraging Self-Healing Polymer Technology in Protective Coating Design

Autonomic Materials Commercialises its Self-Healing Hybrid Epoxy Protective Coating

Self-Healing Protective Coatings for Oil and Gas Assets

The Effect of the Modification of Mica by High-Temperature Mechanochemistry on the Anticorrosion Performance of Epoxy Coatings

Enhanced Functional Properties of Modified Graphene/Epoxy Nanocomposite Coatings Through Interface Engineering

Hydrophobic Modification of Graphene Oxide and Its Effect on the Corrosion Resistance of Silicone-Modified Epoxy Resin

Curing of Functionalized Superhydrophobic Inorganic/Epoxy Nanocomposite and Application as Coatings for Steel

Corrosion Initiation Mechanisms and Service Life Estimation of Fusion-Bonded-Epoxy (FBE) Coated Steel Exposed to Chlorides

Highly Durable Protective Coating System as an Alternate to Polysiloxane

Failure Analysis and Preventive Recommendations Against Corrosion of Steel Tubes of Gas Risers in Natural Gas Urban Distribution Lines


Minimising CUI Risks Using Non-Water Absorbent Insulation in Conjunction with Drain Holes

CUI Found to Be Worse on Insulated Steel During Shut-Down Periods
The blue curve (water content) in the insulation close to the metal surface indicates that the moisture can accumulate around the shutdown periods in the summer when there was rain.

This newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Coating Labs (http://www.excelplas.com/)

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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