November 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

NEWSMAKERS:  * AQPCI * Armacell * ARIX * Armacell * Chugoku Marine * CUI * ExcelPlas * Graphene * Hempel * Jotun * KTA-Tator * Ineos * PCN * Seal for Life * Sixth Element (Changzhou) Materials Technology


Coatings Breakthrough – Hempel Develops Unique Coating System to Help Protect From the Hidden Dangers of CUI
The system is based upon polysiloxane technology but with a unique fibre reinforced filler system which helps provide additional protection from cracking due to high temperatures and thermal cycling.

AQPCI Expanding Reach in Protective Coatings
Dammam-based Al Qahtani Pipe Coating Industries (AQPCI), a leading specialist in providing anti-corrosion coating solutions to the oil, gas, power and water sector, plans to widen its pipe coating market by expanding to other continents.

Armacell Breaks Ground At Pet Foams Headquarters
Armacell, a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, last week Friday officially marked the start of a production extension at its PET Foams headquarters in Thimister-Clermont, Belgium, to accommodate two additional PET production lines.

Pernille Fritz Vilhelmsen new CPCO in Hempel

Hempel Receives Sustainability Award

One of Jotun’s Chief Chemists, Gard Reian Speaks on Understanding Tank Coatings
According to one of Jotun’s chief chemists, Gard Reian, owners and ship managers are increasingly focussed on the link between tank coatings and long-term profitability. “In today’s increasingly data-centric industry, owners and managers are seeking more evidence-based tools to evaluate the performance of tank coatings over time,” he says. “Our challenge was to select metrics that mimic real-world conditions, establish a solid testing methodology, and experiment with different products in a controlled setting. After all, what can be measured can be managed.”

ShawCor Skids After Expecting Lower Q4 Earnings Versus Q3

Oxifree Becomes Ppart of the Seal For Life Industries Group
In 2020 Oxifree became part of the Seal For Life Industries Group joining a long line of comprehensive protection products and technologies focused on corrosion prevention for pipeline, oil, gas and water infrastructure and industrial applications.

The Cost of Corrosion – Seal for Life

Pipe Failure Probed as Cause of TPC Explosion

KTA-Tator’s Trimber Retires, Worms Hired as New President and CEO-Elect


INEOS Presentation on Assessment and Monitoring of Corrosion Under Insulation (2nd December 2020)
Presented by Dr. Philip Enegela, Materials and Corrosion Engineering Subject Matter Expert, INEOS O&P UK Grangemouth

Corrosion Radar – Corrosion Sensor development for detection of CUI
‘CorrosionRADAR’ is a long-thin-flexible sensor that acts as a corrosion coupon to the corrosive environment near it. Specially coded electromagnetic signals are sent through the sensor and the reflected signals are interpreted using proprietary algorithms to locate corrosion.

ARIX Technologies is Selected as Winner for best New Robotic Solution for Detecting CUI
Industry Challenge by Phillips 66, Royal Dutch Shell and Woodside Energy


Enhanced Barrier Properties of Epoxy Coatings

Recent Advances in Graphene Oxide-Based Anticorrosive Coatings: An Overview

Graphene and Graphene Oxide as New Class of Materials for Corrosion Control and Protection

Characterization of a Tetrafunctional Epoxy-Amine Coating for Corrosion Protection of Mild Steel

Effect of Exposure Conditions on the Interfacial Bond Properties of SS400 Plate Coated with Various Epoxy Resins

Eco-Friendly Corrosion Protection: The Potential of Graphene in Protective Coatings

PDMAS/Titanium Dioxide Epoxy Hybrid Nanocomposite Coating for Steel Petroleum Tanker Trucks

Formulation of a Smart Eco-friendly Anti-Corrosive Powder Coating

Significant Improvement of Anticorrosion Properties of Zinc-Containing Coating Using Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Noncovalent Modified Graphene Dispersions


Different Types of Corrosion on Ships and How to Limit It

Jotun Launches PSPC-approved Solvent-free Primer to the Worldwide Marine Market
Erik Risberg, global marketing director, Jotun Marine Coatings

Chugoku Marine Paints to Supply Solvent-free Epoxy for MR Tanker Newbuildings’ Water Ballast Tanks in South Korea (Hyundai Mipo Dockyard)
CMP’s new solvent-free epoxy coating “BANNOH 5000” will be applied to the WBTs of three MR tankers to be built in Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD)


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ExcelPlas Undertakes Analysis & Testing of Polymer Coating Systems including:
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• 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:
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• 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.