May 2021 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 * Axalta * Brookes Bell * CUI * DeFelsko * DFT * Elcometer * ExcelPlas * Graphene * Hempel * INPEX * Jotun * Michael Beamish * NACE * PCN * PetroChina * Protective Coatings * Seal for Life * Shannons * Sherwin Williams


Axalta Releases First Quarter 2021 Results  –  Q1 2021 Net Sales Increased 8.1% year-over-year to $1,063 Million
Axalta Coating Systems (AXTA) Surpasses Q1 Earnings and Revenue Estimates

Sherwin-Williams Reports 2021 First Quarter Financial Results – Consolidated Net Sales Increased 12.3% to $4.66 billion

Seal for Life Announce Easy-Qote® Protective Coatings for Wind Sector​

Brookes Bell New Forensic Coatings Laboratory Services Grow Despite Pandemic

DeFelsko Launches Cloud-Based Coating Thickness Gages and Inspection Instruments

Webinar by Michael Beamish, Vice President & General Manager, DeFelsko Corporation – Testing & Quality in a Competitive Environment (22 July, 2021)

How to Create a Coating Sample Film Using the Elcometer 4340 Automatic Film Applicator (AFA)

Interview Series: David Emery on Non-Intrusive Inspection of Vessels for Surface Corrosion Assessment (SCA)
In 2014/2015 I was out in Korea, working directly for INPEX during the construction of a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which was designed to hold more than one million barrels of condensate. I was ultimately responsible for conducting and managing all the advanced NDT, PAUT and TOFD inspections and inspection teams working on the build. This was a really challenging but rewarding time for me and exposed me to fabrication inspections after the vast majority of my career to that point had been spent carrying out in-service inspections.

PetroChina Corrosion Failure Behaviour Analysis and Countermeasures On Gas Transmission Pipelines

Hempel Issues Explanatory Technical Notes to Protective Coating’s Product Data Sheets

Shannon’s New Hydrophobic Insulation Blanket Reduces Risk of CUI, Boosts Safety


Sampling Precautions in Relation to FTIR Fingerprinting of Epoxy Coatings [PDF]

EIS Testing of an Epoxy Corrosion Protection Coating Applied to an Oil Tanker [PDF]​

Highly Dispersed Polyaniline/Graphene Oxide Composites for Corrosion Protection of Epoxy Powder Coatings on Steel

Review on Epoxy Polymers and Epoxy Composites as Anticorrosive Coatings for Carbon Steel in 3.5% NaCl Solution

Effect of Graphite Exfoliation Degree on the Corrosion Protection for Epoxy Composite Coatings

Self-Healing Ability of Epoxy Vitrimer Nanocomposites Containing Bio-Based Curing Agents and Carbon Nanotubes for Corrosion Protection

Mechanical Properties of Protective Coatings against Marine Fouling: A Review

Improving the Water Barrier and Anticorrosion Performances of Epoxy-Chitosan Coatings via Silane Modification

Review on the Corrosion-Promotion Activity of Graphene and its Inhibition


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Protect Your Assets with ExcelPlas Services for the Testing and Approval of Protective Coatings
ExcelPlas offers a host of laboratory services and support regarding the conformity of coatings to International Standards. These include:

  • The Certification of Coatings and Coating Systems
  • Pre-qualification Testing of Coatings in Our Own ISO Accredited Testing Laboratory
  • Technical and Statutory Support for Achieving Compliance
  • Analytical Support and Durability Testing for New Coatings

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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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