May 2020 Vol. 2

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
Stay in Touch with the Cladding Industry While Social Distancing

NEWSMAKERS: * Axalta * Akzo Nobel * Corrosion 2020 * ExcelPlas * Hempel * JOTUN * NACE * PPG 

CORROSION 2020 Conference & Expo Officially Cancelled (Breaking News)

Axalta to Acquire Manufacturer of High-performance Industrial Coatings (Breaking News)

Jotun Developing Protective Coatings for Offshore Drilling Rigs (Breaking News)

New Factory Strengthens Hempel’s Presence in China (Breaking News)

ExcelPlas Labs – Experts in Protective Coating Failure Analysis

Jotun Upgrading Paint Coverage Calculator

Coatings for Marine Applications & Offshore Platforms

Polymer/Inorganic Nanocomposite Coatings with Superior Corrosion Protection Performance: A Review (New Research)

Development of Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Decorated Graphene Oxide Nanoplatforms for Anti-Corrosion Epoxy Coatings  (New Research)

Graphene-induced Enhanced Anticorrosion Performance of Waterborne Epoxy Resin Coating  (New Research)

The Science Behind Field-Applied Liquid Epoxy Pipeline Coatings  (New Research)

The Anatomy of a Coating Failure  (New Research)

Effect of Indole Functionalized Nano-alumina on the Corrosion Protection Performance of Epoxy Coatings in Marine Environment  (New Research)

Corrosion Resistance of Graphene/waterborne Epoxy Composite Coatings in CO2-Satarated NaCl Solution  (New Research)

Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrotalcite/Graphene Oxide Containing Epoxy Coating for Corrosion Protection of Carbon Steel  (New Research)

Effects of Polymer Hardness on the Abrasive Wear Resistance of Thick Organic Offshore Coatings  (New Research)

Spectroscopic Insights into Adhesion Failure at the Buried Epoxy-Metal Iinterphase using AFM-IR  (New Research)

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.