May 2021 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

NEWSMAKERS:  * Acotec * Akzo Nobel * Axalta * CUI * DFT * ExcelPlas * Filiform Corrosion * Hempatop™ * Hempel * Humidur™ * INPEX * Intertherm™ * Jotun * NACE * PCN * Protective Coatings * Repel™ * Sher-Loxane™ * Sherwin Williams


Hempel Launches New Protective Coating to Reduce Frequency and Cost of Ongoing Maintenance (Breaking News)

Acotec Humidur™ Coating Solution for Offshore Wind Farms (Breaking News)

Akzo Nobel Publish ‘Intertherm 751CSA – A Facility Owners Guide’

Sherwin-Williams Announce Sher-Loxane™ 800 Advanced Polysiloxane Coating that Can Reduce Total Operational Costs with CUI Corrosion Protection in Oil & Gas and Marine Applications

Axalta Recognises its Raw Materials Suppliers with Performance Awards


Webinar – Corrosion Under Insulation: How End-Users Handle It (26 May 2021)


How to Prevent Filiform Corrosion Under Protective Coatings [PDF]


Influence of Robust Drain Openings and Insulation Stand-Offs On Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) Behaviour of Carbon Steel

Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) Examination to Prevent Failures in Equipment at a Petrochemical Plant


Study on the Anticorrosion Performance of Epoxy Nanocomposite Coatings Containing Epoxy-silane Treated Nanoclay on Mild Steel in Chloride Environment

Degradation of Epoxy Coatings Exposed to Impingement Flow

Improving the Antifouling Properties by Use of Halloysites as Nano-Containers in Epoxy Coatings

Hybrid Nanofiller Enhanced Corrosion Protection for Epoxy Coatings in the Deep Sea Environment

EIS Study on Corrosion Protection of Oil Tanker Coatings [PDF]


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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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