May 2022 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 * Coating Condition Survey * CUI * ExcelPlas Labs * Failure Analysis * Fastar™ * Graphene * Hempel * INPEX * Integrity Products * Jotun * LNG Plants * Marine Coatings * Nippon Paint Marine * PCN * PPG * Protective Coatings * Sherwin Williams * Smart Coatings * Wheatstone

Hempel Links EUR 1.5 Billion Credit Facilities to Sustainability Targets

Nippon Paint’s Fastar™ Marine Coatings of Choice for Josco’s Next Generation Liners

Ensuring Confidence in Protective Coatings by Corrosion Testing

Coating Delivers Superior Corrosion Protection for Oil and Gas Equipment

Recent Breakthroughs in Antifouling Systems and Technology are Helping Win the War Against Corrosion

Wheatstone LNG Tank Coated with 215 microns of Intertherm 228 (Two Component Epoxy Phenolic) and Interthane 990 (Two Component Acrylic Polyurethane)

INPEX Use Japan’s Terra Drone to Detect Paint Failures and Corrosion in Metal Structures

INPEX Seeking Materials & Corrosion Engineer

Influence of Robust Drain Openings and Insulation Standoffs on Corrosion Under Insulation Behaviour of Carbon Steel

How to Solve CUI for Oil & Gas and LNG


Microstructural Defects of Epoxy–Phenolic Coatings on Metal Substrates during Acidic Corrosion

Anticorrosive Composite Self-Healing Coating Enabled by Solar Irradiation

Functionalized Ti3c2tx-Based Nanocomposite Coatings for Anticorrosion and Antifouling Applications

Microstructure and Performance of Antibiofouling Coatings on High-Strength Steel Substrates Immersed in the Marine Environment [PDF]

Effect of Nano-Fe2O3/Graphene Oxide Hybrids on the Corrosion Resistance of Epoxy Coating Under Alternating Hydrostatic Pressure

Anticorrosive Performance of Polyaniline/Aluminium Tripolyphosphate Epoxy Composite Coatings

Influence of Anticorrosive Pigment, Dry-Film Thickness and Conditioning Time on Protective Properties of Two-Component Epoxy Primer [PDF]

Smart PANI/Epoxy Anti-Corrosive Coating for Protection of Carbon Steel in Sea Water

Evaluation of the Anticorrosion Performance of CeO2-Modified Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Epoxy Coating Subjected to Simulated Saline-Alkali Solution

Smart Protective Coatings with Self‐Sensing and Active Corrosion Protection Dual Functionality from pH-Sensitive Calcium Carbonate Microcontainers

Synthesis of Polyurethane/Polyurea Microcapsules Carrying Diisocyanate in Self-Healing Epoxy Coating

Dual-Curable Coatings Obtained from Multi-Functional Non-Isocyanate Polyurethane Oligomers

Multifunctional Polymeric Double Layered Smart Composite Coatings For Corrosion Protection Of Steel

Recent Progress on the Metal-Organic Frameworks Decorated Graphene Oxide (MOFs-GO) Nano-Building Application for Epoxy Coatings for Mechanical-Thermal/Flame-Retardant and Anti-Corrosion Features Improvement

Non-Destructive Evaluations of Water Uptake in Epoxy Coating

A Comparative Study on the Microstructure, Hardness and Corrosion Resistance of Epoxy Coated and Plain Rebars

Probabilistic Model of the Fatigue Life of Epoxy-Coated Aluminium Alloys Considering Atmospheric Exposure

Anticorrosion Properties of Modified Basalt Powder/Epoxy Resin Coating


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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