March 2020 Vol. 3

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 * ARAMCO * ExcelPlas * Hempel * International Paints * Jotun * NACE * PPG * 

NACE International Postpones CORROSION 2020 Due to Corona Virus (Breaking News)

AkzoNobel Releases Digital Report 2019 (Breaking News)

Hempel Returns to Growth and is Positioned for New Acquisitions (Breaking News)

Europe’s Leading Pipeline Conference Goes Online Because of COVID-19 (Breaking News)

PPG Acquiring Alpha Coating Technologies (Breaking News)

Akzo Releases Information on Spray-Painting Drone (Breaking News)

New Autonomous Drone is a Smarter Way to Apply Paint without Scaffolding (Breaking News)

Real-life Application Using Graphene Enhanced Anti-corrosion Coatings

Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Aramco) Machine Learning System for Detection of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)

Distributed Fibre Optic Approach for Providing Early Warning of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)

Microwave Horn Antennas-Based Transducer System for CUI Inspection Without Removing the Insulation

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.

Construction of a Smart Active/Barrier Anti-corrosion Coating System based on epoxy-ester/zinc Intercalated Kaolin Nanocontainer for Steel Substrate

Corrosion of Mild Steel Under Insulation – the Effect of Dissolved Metal Ions

Synthesis of a Modified Polyurethane Paint with Better Properties of Corrosion Resistance Applicable to Vessels and Naval Artifacts

This newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Coating Labs (

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.