March 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: * Akzo Nobel * Carboline * ExcelPlas * Hempel * International Paints * Jotun * NACE * PPG * Sherwin Williams * EU

Jotun Achieves New Sales Record of NOK 19,652 million in 2019 – An Operating Profit of NOK 2,320 Million is also Jotun’s Best Result Ever

Corona Virus Halts Chinese operations for Jotun (Breaking News)

Record Sales and All-time High Result for Jotun  (Breaking News)

Sherwin-Williams (SHW) Q4 Earnings and Revenues Miss Estimates

Akzo Nobel Targets Rival-Beating Growth  (Breaking News)

Hempel Appoints Katarina Lindström As Chief Operating Officer  (Breaking News)

EU Officially Lists Titanium Dioxide White Pigment in Paints as a Suspected Carcinogen by Inhalation

Anticorrosion Resistance of a Self-curing Epoxy Nanocomposite Coating Based on Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles Loaded with Perfluorooctyl Triethoxysilane

EIS Study of Epoxy Paints in Corrosive Environments with a New Filler: Rice Husk Ash

Premium Protective Coatings Test Laboratory in Australia
ExcelPlas Coating Testing Labs (Melbourne) are a leading NATA laboratory for evaluating protective coatings using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to measure water ingression and detect early signs of coating failure, before being visually manifested.  ExcelPlas also has UV test chambers running and environmental chambers to evaluate coated test panels under total immersion conditions.

Development of Protective One Coating Systems for Steel

Mechanical and Corrosion Protection Properties of Polymer–Clay Nanocomposite Coatings for Mild Steel in Marine Environment

Highly Dispersed Graphene Oxide–zinc Oxide Nanohybrids in Epoxy Coating

Highly Dispersed Graphene oxide–Zinc Oxide Nanohybrids in Epoxy Coating with Improved Water Barrier Properties and Corrosion Resistance

Chinese J-15 Aircraft Carrier-based Fighter Jet Gets New Anti-Corrosion Paint

NACE Protective Coatings Workshop (March 17-18, 2020)

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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.