March 2022 Vol. 4

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 * Amerlock™ * Australasian Corrosion Association * Coating Condition Survey * CUI * ExcelPlas Labs * Failure Analysis * Graphene * Hempadur® * Hempel * International Paints * Jotun * LNG Plants * Marine Coatings * Metal-Organic Framework * Nippon Paint Marine * Owens Corning * PCN * PPG * Protective Coatings * PSX * Smart Coatings


Life Through the Lenses of AkzoNobel and PPG

AkzoNobel, Startups Sign Letters of Intent for Joint Collaboration

Owens Corning Role of Mineral Wool Insulation in CUI

PPG’s PSX Coatings Receive Certification for Corrosion Protection of Steel Structures

Hempel – Keeping it Simple Brings Results

PPG Expands AMERLOCK™ Series of Epoxy Protective Coatings with PPG AMERLOCK 600 Multipurpose Option for Shop or Field Applications
Amerlock 600 is a high-build, polyamide-cured coating that reportedly combines a broad application thickness range with fast dry times and a one-year recoat window.

Corrosion Under Insulation Course (CUI) – Perth 26th April 2022 – Australasian Corrosion Association

World’s Largest Containership Coated with Nippon Paint Marine (NPM) Antifouling and Anticorrosion Paint

Experts in Coating Performance and Evaluation in Offshore Corrosion Protection Market


The Effect of Laser Surface Textures on the Corrosion Resistance of Epoxy Coated Steel Exposed to Aggressive Environments for Offshore Applications

Anti-Corrosion Epoxy/Modified Graphene Oxide/Glass Fibre Composite Coating with Dual Physical Barrier Network

Anti-Corrosion Performance of Zinc Oxide Hydroxyapatite Nanocomposite Anti-Corrosive Pigments [PDF]

Vanadium-based Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) for High-Performance Epoxy/MOF Coatings with Improved Anticorrosion Properties [PDF]

Multifunctional and Robust Composite Coating with Water Repellency and Self-Healing Against Marine Corrosion

Functional Anti-Corrosive and Anti-Bacterial Surface Coatings based on Cuprous Oxide/Polyaniline Microcomposites

Nanocontainers Against Biofouling and Corrosion Degradation of Materials: A Short Review with Prospects

Synergistic Effect of Ultrasonically Assisted Exfoliated MWCNTs by ZrO2 Nanoparticles on Anti-Corrosive Properties of Epoxy Nanocomposites

Synergistically Assembled Graphene/ZnO Composite to Enhance Anticorrosion Performance of Epoxy Coatings

Probabilistic and Statistical Techniques to Study the Impact of Localized Corrosion Defects in Oil and Gas Pipelines: A Review


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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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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