February 2023 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:  * 3D Camera * AIRBUS * Akzo Nobel * Coatera 3D * Coating Condition Survey * CUI * ExcelPlas Labs * Failure Analysis * Hempel * Hempadur Quattro* Jotun * Multispectral Image Analysis * PCN * Protective Coatings * Self-Healing Coatings * Sherwin Williams * Smart Coatings


Melbourne Laboratory ExcelPlas Selected for Airbus A350 Coating Failure Analysis

Hempel Unveils New Coating Range for Offshore Assets

Hempel Invests in Southeast Asia Biodiversity

Jotun Partners In Norwegian Zero-emissions Project

Sherwin-Williams Issues Big Profit and Sales Warnings, Will ‘Prepare for the Worst’ in 2023

New Tool for the Coating Inspector’s Toolkit
Coatera 3D is a cutting edge device for coatings and paints analysis. Harness the power of multi-spectral imaging in a simple finger click. Versatile and rich in features. The only coating’s analysis technology that can accurately measure crazing, cracking, blisters, cratering, peeling, orange peel, wrinkles and buckling.  Coatera 3D is the only device combining real 3D imaging with high measurement precision, standardized lighting conditions, versatility of measurements and powerful data analysis.  The Coatera 3D is easy to use, image acquisition is fast and data export and analysis a breeze.  This makes the Coatera 3D particularly suitable for the analysis of topographic features such as cracks, pits, blisters, pores, volume, etc.  For topographic analysis (cracking, crazing, wrinkles, texture, volumes, etc.), tests performed on reference coating samples under controlled conditions have determined an instrumental error of less than 2%*, demonstrating the high level of measurement repeatability offered by the Coatera 3D camera.

  • Coating profilometer
  • Multi-spectral analyser
  • In-built Colorimeter (L,a,b)
  • 3D topographical mapping
  • Point & shoot. Image acquisition takes less than one second. No post-processing is required. All data is available in real-time, even before saving an image.



Graphene-based Polymer Coatings for Preventing Marine Corrosion: a Review

Designing an Epoxy Composite Coating having Dual-Barrier-Active Self-Healing Anti-Corrosion Functions

Assessment of Anticorrosion Performance of Zinc-Rich Epoxy Coatings Added with Zinc Fibres for Corrosion Protection of Steel

Incorporation of Zinc Hydroxide Sulphate (ZHS) Nanoplates into Epoxy Resin to Improve Its Corrosion Protection

Construction of Superhydrophobic Graphene-based Coating on Steel Substrate and its Ultraviolet Durability and Corrosion Resistance Properties

Effect of Silane-Modified Fluorinated Graphene on the Anticorrosion Property of Epoxy Coating

Denso: Anti-Corrosion Measures Tailor-made for Every Solution

Effect of Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanoparticles as Anticorrosion Material on Mild Steel Substrate

Textured Epoxy Resin Coatings for Corrosion Resistance

Assessment of Anticorrosion Performance of Zinc-Rich Epoxy Coatings Added with Zinc Fibres for Corrosion Protection of Steel

Preparation of Modified Montmorillonite/Graphene Oxide Composites to Enhance the Anticorrosive Performance of Epoxy Coatings

Achieving Dual Functional Corrosion Resistance for Epoxy Coatings Under Alternating Hydrostatic Pressure

Coating Inspection and Failure Analysis
Coating inspection and failure analysis from ExcelPlas – ensure your coating work is protecting your assets and prevent future coating failures.
Whether your assets include the management of construction sites, factories, laboratories, shipyards or power plants, you need to be certain that your coating work is protecting your facility. Coatings failures mean expensive repair costs and lengthy downtime. Our coating inspection and failure analysis helps ensure the continued protection of your facility.
Why use coating inspection and failure analysis from ExcelPlas?
To ensure that coating work is fully protecting your facility, we provide comprehensive inspection of coating work, concrete renovation, insulation and plastering. Plus, our failure analysis offers you careful investigation of the causes of any failures to help you prevent future occurrences.
Our coating inspection and failure analysis helps you to:

  • Assess coatings on ferrous-steel, stainless steel, aluminium, concrete, brick or plastic for conformity, compatibility and performance
  • Avoid expensive repair costs and downtime due to coating failures such as concrete decay, corrosion and loosening adhesive coats
  • Determine the causes of coating failures and prevent similar occurrences in the future

A Leading Provider in Coating Inspection and Failure Analysis
As the world’s leading coating inspection and failure analysis provider, we are the first choice for a broad range of clients across all industries, all over the world. We offer you state-of-the-art technology, techniques and equipment along with highly qualified technicians to bring you unrivaled expertise in the assessment of coatings. Plus, we work closely with coating manufacturers, providing quality control inspections to increase the quality of coating work.
Our coating inspection and failure analysis services include:

  • Damage assessment and expertise
  • Determination of surface roughness
  • Technical specifications
  • General technical assistance
  • Granulometric research
  • Loss assessment and repair advice
  • Periodic quality controls
  • Periodic technical inspections
  • Technical coating laboratory services
  • Technical coating research
  • Testing for conformity, compatibility and performance
  • Testing of coat thickness, hardness, adhesion, gloss and color
  • Training for coating supervisors

Contact us today to find out how our coating inspection and failure analysis can ensure your coating work is protecting your facility and prevent future failures.

Testing and Consulting in the Field of Heavy-duty Protective Coatings
Our clients include some of the world’s biggest Marine, Chemical, Oil and Gas, LNG and Insurance and Legal companies globally.

  • Review of coating specifications and guarantees;
  • Coating failure investigation and root cause analysis;
  • Expert analysis on flake sampling and coating failure inspection;
  • Identifying the key causes of coating breakdown via analytical testing
  • Expert witness work



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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