November 2021 Vol. 4

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 * CUI * ExcelPlas Labs* Failure Analysis * Halloysite * Hempaguard® * Hempel * Jotun * Ichthys * International Paints * LNG Plants * McDermott * PCN * PPG * Protective Coatings * Shawcor * Self-Healing Coatings (SHC) * Smart Coatings * Superhydrophobic Coatings * Zinc-Rich Epoxies


Paint Maker Akzo Nobel Mulls Another Round of Price Hikes

How Hempel’s Global R& D Department Succeeded with Time Registration

Hempel’s Focus on Biofouling – a Smooth Hull Reduces Your Vessel’s GHG Emissions
Hempaguard™ X7 system is one of the antifouling coatings on the market that maintains a fouling-free hull for over five years

How to Conduct a Coating-related Corrosion Failure Analysis (12 Key Steps)

Hempel Research Enhanced Anticorrosion Performance of Zinc Rich Epoxy Coatings Modified with Stainless Steel Flakes

Recorded Webinar of Specialist Workshop on Zinc-Rich Epoxies with Mike Taylor , Technical Support Manager PPG Protective & Marine Coatings EMEA

Bechtel Seeking Senior Coating Specialist to Establish Coating Requirements for Equipment and Piping in LNG Plants

McDermott awarded EPFC contract for Woodfibre LNG Including Protective Coatings Package

McDermott Lands Another Ichthys Contract

Shawcor Announces $25 mil Contract Award for Gulf of Mexico Pipeline Coating Project

Chugoku Marine Paints 1H FY03/22 Report Update


Superhydrophobic Epoxy Coating Based Nanofunctionalized Crosslinked Epoxy Resin for Robust Protection Against Corrosion and Contaminants

A pH-Responsive Intelligent Coating Based on Calcium Carbonate Microspheres for Long-Term Corrosion Protection of Carbon Steel

Synthesis of Graphene Oxide Functionalized by Phytic Acid for Anticorrosive Reinforcement of Epoxy Coatings

Synthesis of Robust Polyaniline Microcapsules via UV-initiated Polymerization for Self-Healing Anti-Corrosion Coatings

One-Step Preparation of Inhibitor-Loaded Nanocontainers and their Application in Self-Healing Coatings

Development of Self-Healing Epoxy-Based Coating by Encapsulation of Cerium Nitrate within Poly(urea-formaldehyde) Microcapsules

Intumescent Flame Retardant Epoxy Coatings based on Graphene Oxide and Halloysite Nanotubes

Halloysite-Kaolin: An Emerging Material with Unique Properties Making it Suitable for Protective Coatings

Oxygen Reduction Catalysts for Active Corrosion Protection of Epoxy Coatings [PDF]

Enhanced Anticorrosion Properties through Structured Particle Design of Epoxy-Styrene-Acrylate Composite Emulsion

Polyurethane Coating Based on Tannic Acid Functionalized Ce-MMT Nanocomposites for the Corrosion Protection of Carbon Steel


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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