October 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 * Ajith Varghese * Chugoku Marine Paints * CUI * ExcelPlas * Graphene Oxide-Modified Epoxy (GOME) * Heat-Flex High-Temp 1200 * Hempel * Jotun * International Paints * LNG Plants * Naser Esmaeili * OCS Services * PCN * PPG * Protective Coatings * Self-Healing Coatings (SHC) * Sherwin Williams * Waterbourne Epoxy


Akzo Nobel N.V. Publishes Third Quarter Presentation (Declassified) [PDF]

Akzo Nobel Reveal Raw Material and Other Variable Costs Increased by €278 Million Compared with Q3 2020

How Working for AkzoNobel Fulfilled a Childhood Dream for Indian Protective Coatings Chemist

JOTUN Research Scientist Naser Esmaeili Works to Understand the Adhesion Properties of Protective Coatings

PPG Beats Estimates and Posts $4.37 Billion Revenue for Q3 2021 and a Profit of $344 Million

CUI – The Lurking Danger Inside Your LNG Facility and Your Key Coating Weapon to Fighting it

OCS Services has Handed Fugro a Two-Year Contract to Support its Asset Integrity/Corrosion Management Operations Including ONGC’s Protective Coating of Process Platform Project 1, which Involves Coatings Maintenance and Refurbishment of 32 Offshore Platforms

Hempel Launches New Intumescent Coating in Australia

MP Demonstrates Long-Term Vision with the Latest Premium Antifouling Coating Technologies (Press Release)


Epoxy-Functionalized Ti3C2 Nanosheet for Epoxy Coatings with Prominent Anticorrosion Performance

Nanocontainer Based on Mesoporous Polydopamine Coated Lamellar Hydroxyapatite for Anticorrosion Reinforcement of Epoxy Coatings

Enhanced Performance of Solvent-based Epoxy Coatings Reinforced with Diatomite/Surfactant/Zinc Borate

Novel Self-Healing Epoxy Coating for Smart Corrosion Protection

High-Performance Organic Coatings of Polypyrrole Embedded with Manganese Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Corrosion Protection

Waterborne Polyurethanes for Corrosion Protection

High Protection Performance Based on Corrosion Media-Consumption and Barrier Properties of Polymer-Reinforced Graphene Oxide Composite Coatings

Ultrathin Self-Healing Polymers Create New, Sustainable Water-Resistant Coatings

Silicone-Based Coating Mitigates Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) in Petrochemical & LNG Plants


Coating Application for Piping, Valves and Actuators in Offshore Oil and Gas Industry


ExcelPlas Labs are an Independent Coating Consultancy with a Unique and Comprehensive Understanding of Protective Coatings
ExcelPlas Labs operate in the LNG, marine, infrastructure and chemical sectors, providing professional technical and analytical services on protective coatings to its global customer base. The ExcelPlas Labs team comprises highly qualified and experienced individuals with background in chemistry, materials science and engineering.   Services We Offer: ·   Coating Process Optimisation ·   Coating Project Management ·   Coating Specification & Product Selection ·   Coating Lifetime Assessment ·   Coating Durability Testing ·   Expert Witnessing ·   Paint Failure Investigation ·   Onshore & Offshore Coating Inspections ·   Customers We Serve: ·   Asset Owners ·   Construction / Fabrication Companies ·   Gas Processing Projects ·   Insurance Companies ·   Law Firms ·   Manufacturers & OEM ·   Module Fabrication Yards ·   Oil & Gas Companies ·   Paint Companies ·   Refining ·   Ship Yards ·   Ship Managers

Protect Your Assets with ExcelPlas Services for the Testing and Approval of Protective Coatings
ExcelPlas offers a host of laboratory services and support regarding the conformity of coatings to International Standards. These include:

  • The Certification of Coatings and Coating Systems
  • Pre-qualification Testing of Coatings in Our Own ISO Accredited Testing Laboratory
  • Technical and Statutory Support for Achieving Compliance
  • Analytical Support and Durability Testing for New Coatings



ExcelPlas’s Coatings and Analytical Labs can resolve coating failures on paint chips using techniques such as: Fourier transform  infrared spectroscopy(FTIR); scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy; light microscopy; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy(EIS); chromatography; thermal analysis and wet bench testing.
ExcelPlas performs a wide array of standard ASTM, SSPC and NACE test procedures such as:

  • Paint and Coating Testing and Analysis, 
  • Field Investigations 
  • Technical Audit of Painting Process and Production Facilities 
  • Paint Analysis, Chip Analysis and Evaluation 
  • Accelerated Testing 
  • Physical and Chemical Paint Exposure Tests: ASTM D1308. ASTM D3359, ASTM D4541, ASTM D4060
  • Salt Spray (ASTM B117) Testing, Cyclic Tests (ASTM G 85), QUV (ASTM G53), Humidity (ASTM D2247), Cyclic Salt Fog/UV (ASTM D5894)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) Analysis of Paints 
  • Visible Spectroscopy, Liquid Chromatography 
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy, EDS & XRD Analysis of Paints 
  • Physical Testing of Paints: Tensile and Flexural Testing ASTM D 638 & ASTM D790
  • Characterization and Cross Section Microscopy of paint samples collected from the project site
  • Failure Analysis Root Cause Determination



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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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