Lawsuits Alleges Misleading Behaviour by Akzo Nobel

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Lawsuits Alleges Misleading Behaviour by Akzo Nobel
Contractor JKC Australia and Japanese oil company INPEX have filed lawsuits respectively, both alleging that Akzo Nobel misled them about an epoxy-phenolic protective coating product known as Interthern 228 used on pipework and equipment modules on the 62 Billion Ichthys LNG project.  JKC and INPEX claim they were misled or deceived into believing I-228 was a suitable as a protective coating for the LNG plant in the Darwin tropical environment.

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Peeling Paint on Trucks and SUVs


Australian Company Develops Graphene Based Additive Ecosparc® with Demonstrated up to 40% Anti-corrosion Improvement in Commercially Available Epoxy Coatings
Sparc Technologies has developed additives that exploit the power of graphene for a wide range of protective and marine coating applications.

Singapore to implement Graphene Containing Propeller Coating on 15 Vessels
Graphite Innovation and Technologies (GIT), provider of sustainable marine coatings has developed an innovative propeller coating called XGIT-PROP™
XGIT-PROP™ is a graphene-based propeller coating that improves propulsion efficiency while keeping propeller surface smooth and free from marine fouling

Breakdown of Protective Coatings in the LNG Industry [PDF]

Asyad Drydock Applies its new Nano-Epoxy Coating to Bulk Carrier

Hempel Inaugurates State-of-the-Art Coating Production Facilities in China

Jotun Sees Strong Growth Opportunities in Saudi Maritime Market

Selecting Protective Coatings for Wind Turbines at Sea

The Battle Against Corrosion Under Insulation in the LNG Industry

Tata Steel Develop New Composite Epoxy Coating for Protecting Steel

New Paper Describes the Fabrication of Graphene Oxide-Modified Self-Healing Microcapsules for Epoxy Anti-corrosion Coatings

Simple Antifouling Coating Selection Exhibits Notable Benefits for Industrial Fishing Vessels


Correlation Between the Initial Aging of Epoxy Coatings and the Typical Marine Atmospheric Environmental Factors

TiO2 Nanocontainers Co-constructed Using Polymers and Corrosion Inhibitors for Anticorrosion Reinforcement of Epoxy Coatings

Robust Superhydrophobic Silicone/Epoxy Functional coating with Excellent Chemical Stability and Self-cleaning Ability

Influence of Polyolefin Modified by Y2O3 as Protective Coatings Against Carbon Steel Corrosion into 3.5% NaCl Media

Improving the Corrosion Resistance of Zn-Rich Epoxy Coating with Three-Dimensional Porous Graphene

Mercaptosilane as Additive or Pre-treatment in a Epoxy Coating System for Steel

Corrosion-Resistant Hydrophobic Thermal Barrier Composite Epoxy Coating on Metal Strip

Novel High-Performance Coating with Hybrid Nanofiller Reinforcement for Superior Self-cleaning, Anti-Icing, and Corrosion Resistance Properties

Study on the Anticorrosion and Antifouling Performance of Magnetically Responsive Self-Healing Polyurethane Coatings

New Paper Describes the Fabrication of Graphene Oxide-Modified Self-Healing Microcapsules for Epoxy Anti-corrosion Coatings

A Self-Healing Thermoset Epoxy Modulated by Dynamic Boronic Ester for Powder Coating

Exploring Epoxy Coating Failures with ExcelPlas
While epoxy coatings are generally durable and effective at preventing corrosion, there are a few common types of epoxy coating failures that can occur:

  • Adhesion failure: This occurs when the epoxy coating fails to properly adhere to the surface of the pipe, which can be caused by factors such as improper surface preparation or a poorly formulated coating. Adhesion failure can result in the coating peeling or flaking off, exposing the underlying steel surface to corrosion.
  • Blistering: This occurs when small bubbles or blisters form on the surface of the epoxy coating, which can be caused by improper surface preparation, moisture contamination, or excessive heat during curing.
  • Cracking: This occurs when the epoxy coating develops small cracks, which can be caused by factors such as thermal expansion and contraction, improper coating thickness, or exposure to chemicals.
  • Delamination: This occurs due to intercoat or interfacial adhesion failure due to the presence of a weak boundary layer such as silicone or hydrocarbon oil contamination.


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 and more…


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