November 2021 Vol. 3

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 * Bechtel * Chugoku Marine Paints * CMP * Covallox® Technology * CUI * ExcelPlas * Hempel * Jotacote™ Universal S120 * Jotun * International Paints * LNG Plants * PCN * Protective Coatings * Reduced Graphene Oxide * Salt Fog Testing * Salt Spray Testing * Self-Healing Coatings (SHC) * Sherwin Williams * Smart Coatings * Tnemec


Jotun Free Webinar on Hidden Dangers of CUI – Corrosion Under Insulation (7th December 2021)

Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP) Unlock the Secret to Protecting Ships on High Fouling Risk Routes

AkzoNobel Recognized as a Sustainability Leader

ExcelPlas Coating Labs Expands its Salt Fog Testing Capabilities

Houston Construction Company Owner Calls Our Sherwin Williams for Supply Chain Surcharge

Jotacote Universal S120 Epoxy Coating Releases to the U.S. Market

Where Do You Find an Epoxy Coating with 20-30 Years Corrosion Resistance – Ask Jotun

The Challenges of Material and Coating Selection for the LNG Industry

Five Things to Consider Before You Overcoat – Is Your Aged Coating Suitable to Overcoat?


Corrosion Performance and Rust Conversion Mechanism of Graphene Modified Epoxy Surface-Tolerant Coating

2D Reduced-Graphene Oxide (rGO) Nanosheets for Efficient Epoxy Nano-Composite Anti-Corrosion Properties

Research Progress of Microcapsule Self-Healing Anticorrosive Coatings

Smart Nanocontainers for Epoxy Coatings to Inhibit Corrosion

Self-Healing Polyurethane-based Composite Coating with High Strength and Anti-Corrosion Properties for Metal Protection!

Use of Lithium Soap as an Additive to Enhance the UV Resistance of Epoxy Coatings

Effect of Seawater on Failure Behaviour of Glass Flake Epoxy Coating

Silicon Oxide Encapsulated ZIF-8 Loaded on Reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) to Improve Flame Retardancy of Epoxy Coatings

Synergistic Effect of Carbon Nanotubes Bonded Graphene Oxide to Enhance the Flame Retardant Performance of Intumescent Epoxy Coatings

Fabrication of Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites Using a Green Approach to Induce Active Barrier Protection in Epoxy Coatings

Fire Resistance of Steel Structures with Epoxy Coating Fire Protection under Cryogenic Exposure

Novel Modified Expanded Graphite/Epoxy 3D Coating with Ultrahigh Thermal Conductivity


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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