February 2022 Vol. 2

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 * Belzona * Carboline * CCS * Coating Condition Survey * Coatings Inspections Australia (CIA) * CUI * ExcelPlas Labs * Failure Analysis * Graphene * Hempel * International Paints * Jotun * LNG Plants * Marine Coatings * NACE * Nippon Paint Marine * PCN * Protective Coatings * Salt Spray * Smart Coatings


Akzo Nobel Misses Q4 Core Profit Forecast Due to Raw Material Costs (Breaking News)

Akzo Nobel Warns Prices to Rise Up to 16%

Akzo Nobel Expects Raw Material Inflation to Ease by Mid-2022

Nippon Paint Marine Reports Reduced Demand for Marine Paints Due to Restricted Drydocking Capacity as a Results of Strict COVID Measures

Jotun Commissions New 28Mil Coatings Plant in UAE

Hempel Acquires Oman Coatings Company Expanding Footprint in Key Market

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ExcelPlas is an Independent Coating Consultancy with a Unique and Comprehensive Understanding of Protective Coatings in the LNG, Oil & Gas, Mining, Infrastructure and Marine Sectors

The Characteristics of Cargo Hold Coatings for Reducing Vessel Operational Costs

Guidelines for Corrosion Protection of Steel Bridges Duplex Coating (Presentation)

Challenging Paint Sample Extraction and Coatings Inspection Possible with Coating Inspections Australia (CIA)
CIA has a dedicated team of highly qualified experienced NACE 3 Coating Inspectors and Corrosion Engineers.
All based in Australia they are ready to deploy to assist with major Mining and Oil and Gas Projects across Australia.

Leading Lab in Assessing Protective Coatings for Offshore Corrosion Protection

Oil and Gas Industry Coatings and Linings from Belzona


Webinar Insulation’s Impact on Corrosion, Energy Costs, and Carbon Reduction by Kat Coronado Technical Support Manager, Protective Coatings Gulf & Latin America International Paint LLC

Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) Training Course – Online Live Stream by Kaefer (7-9 June, 2022)


Interaction of Interfacial Debonding and Under-Film Corrosion Propagation at the Edge of the Blistering Area of Epoxy Coating

Research on the Anti-corrosion Performance of Organosilane Modified Basalt Scales Epoxy Coating [PDF]

Novel Multilayer Epoxy Nanocomposite Coatings for Superior Hydrophobic, Mechanical and Corrosion Protection Properties of Steel

Influence of Cyanate Ester Modifier on the Thermal, Mechanical, and Corrosive Properties of Epoxy Composite Coatings

Improving the Corrosion Protection Ability of Epoxy Coatings Using CaAl LDH Intercalated with 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole as a Pigment on Steel Substrates

Anticorrosive behaviour of Epoxy Coatings Modified by Hydrophobic Nano-Silica and Graphene on Phosphatized Carbon Steel

Bio-Inspired High-Performance Graphene Composite Anti-Corrosion Coatings

A Comparative Study on the Anti-Corrosive Performance of Zinc Phosphate in Powder Coatings [PDF]


Failure Analysis and Investigation of Protective Coatings in Mining, Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Chemical Plants, Energy Infrastructure and Bridges (Ask the Experts)

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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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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