November 2018 Vol. 1

The Latest News on Pipeline Coatings and Anti-Corrosion Coatings

Leading Source of Industry News on Epoxy & High Performance Coatings for Oil, Gas and Construction

Forensic Coating Experts Attending Corrosion Conference and Exhibition in Adelaide (11-14th November 2018)

Epoxy Phenolic Coatings Prove Very Susceptible to Failure by Chalking in High UV/High Rainfall Environments (Breaking News)

Hempel Introduce New Coating for Protecting Against Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)

Coating testing for Corrosion Under Insulation and High Heat Conditions – Part 1

New Protective Coatings Brand Launched Globally (Breaking News)

Oil & Gas – Three Keys to Protecting Tank Farms From Corrosion


New Protective Coating Dispensing System Lightweight and Ergonomic  (Breaking News)

PPG Launch New Coating with Superior Corrosion Protection in Extreme Temperatures
A leading cause of CUI, thermal shock causes cracking, fracturing, delamination and allows water to come into contact with insulated steel.

Lecture on State-of-the-Art Epoxy Coatings by Huntsman

New  Advanced Anti-Corrosion Coating for North Sea Platforms Cures in Just 15 Minutes  (Breaking News)
It can be applied to a damp substrate with rust rashing/flash rusting, and high salt levels do not degrade the coating, which reduces surface preparation requirements.

This newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Coating Labs (

ExcelPlas Labs provides independent testing, analysis and advice 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.