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Pacific Basin Employs Graphene Based Coating from GIT Coatings (Canada) Across its Entire Fleet

Graphene Propeller Coating from Canada Improves Bulker Fleet CII Ratings

Royal Coatings Alleges in March 2023, StanChem and Hall Technologies Attempted to sell RCI’s Railcar Coating Formulation and Trade Secrets Directly to Hempel Cutting RCI Out of the Transaction

Ocsial: Expanded Production of Graphene Nanotube Suspensions in China to Upgrade Protective Coatings

Akzo Honours Scientist of the Year 2024 with 38 Years Service at Akzo

AkzoNobel investing $30M in North America, including at its Berks County operation

Common Challenges with Field-Applied Liquid Epoxy Pipeline Coatings

MIPA’s WB Coatings Protect World’s Largest Telescope

Safic-Alcan Partners with BB Resins to Bring Epoxy Coating Solutions to Poland

Jotun and Codecasa – a Classic Combination


An Analytical Strategy for Challenging Members of the Microplastic Family: Particles from Anti-Corrosion Coatings


Microwave Assisted Self-Repairable Epoxy Vitrimeric Coating for Anti-Corrosive Applications

Hybrid Epoxy-SiO2/GO Nanosheets Anti-corrosive Coating for Aeronautic Aluminium

Fabrication of a Robust Superhydrophobic Coating Exhibiting Superior Corrosion Resistance via Spray Application Technique

Corrosion Inhibition Properties of Epoxy-Zinc Oxide Nanocomposite Coating on Stainless Steel 316L

Smart Epoxy coating: g-C3N4 nanosheets loaded MOFs for enhanced anti-corrosion and UV resistance

Study of the Influence of Metal Surface Quality on the Performance of an Epoxy Coating

High-efficiency Graphene/Epoxy Composite Coatings with Outstanding Thermal Conductive and Anti-Corrosion Performance

H-BN base triple-functional filler enhances the anti-corrosion performance of Epoxy Coatings

A Comparative Study on Mechanical Properties of Yttrium Oxide and Reduced Graphene Oxide Reinforced Epoxy Nanocomposite Coatings

Enhancing Wear Resistance and Mechanical Properties of Epoxy Coatings via “roller wheel” liquid metal-MXene

Multifunctional Superhydrophobic Coatings with Antifouling, Flame Retardant and Corrosion Resistant Properties

Construction of Bta-Inbuilt Zif-8 Coated with Molybdate-Intercalated Znal-Ldh as Core-Shell Structured Nanocontainers Toward Ph-Responsive Smart Corrosion Protection of Waterborne Epoxy Coating

Enhanced Microwave Absorption and Corrosion Resistance of Carbonyl Iron Encapsulated By Silicone Modified Epoxy Resin

Impact of Graphene Nanosheets on Adhesion and Corrosion Performance of Reinforced Polyurethane Coating for Aerospace Aluminium alloy 2024-T3

BTA@MoS2/hydroxyapatite/ZIF8 self-assembled nanohybrid for designing multi-functional smart anti-corrosion system

Corrosion-based failure analysis of steel saltwater pipes: A Hong Kong case study

Structure–Property Relationships for Fluorinated and Fluorine-Free Superhydrophobic Crack-Free Coatings

Diatomite@MoS2 Nanocomposite Layers as Composite Coating Targeting for Mg Alloys Endowed with Anticorrosion and Antiwear Properties


Self-healing epoxy coatings via microencapsulation of aromatic diisocyanate in lignin stabilized Pickering emulsions

Self-healing characteristics of superabsorbent polymers in epoxy coating for corrosion inhibition of carbon steels

Self-Healing Epoxy Matrix Nanocomposite Coatings on Spring Steel Substrates: Corrosion Behaviour and Nanomechanical Properties

A Mechanically robust superhydrophobic corrosion resistant coating with self-healing capability


Exploring Epoxy Coating Failures with ExcelPlas Labs
While epoxy coatings are generally durable and effective at preventing corrosion, there are a few common types of epoxy coating failures that can occur:

  • Adhesion failure: This occurs when the epoxy coating fails to properly adhere to the surface of the pipe, which can be caused by factors such as improper surface preparation or a poorly formulated coating. Adhesion failure can result in the coating peeling or flaking off, exposing the underlying steel surface to corrosion.
  • Blistering: This occurs when small bubbles or blisters form on the surface of the epoxy coating, which can be caused by improper surface preparation, moisture contamination, or excessive heat during curing.
  • Cracking: This occurs when the epoxy coating develops small cracks, which can be caused by factors such as thermal expansion and contraction, improper coating thickness, or exposure to chemicals.
  • Delamination: This occurs due to intercoat or interfacial adhesion failure due to the presence of a weak boundary layer such as silicone or hydrocarbon oil contamination.

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 and more…


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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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