September 2021 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:  * Armacell * Avantguard® * Axalta * Bristle Blaster® * CUI * Dulux * ExcelPlas * Graphene-Modified Epoxy (GME) * Hempacore® * Hempel * Jotun * Monti * PCN * PPG * Protective Coatings * SeaQuantum® * Sigma Sailadvance® * Smart Coatings * Sparc Technologies


Hempel Launches Hempacore® One Steel Intumescent Coatings in Australia

Jotun Develops SeaQuantum® X200 Antifouling Coating

PPG introduces new SIGMA SAILADVANCE® NX coating, Delivering Significant Antifouling Technology Breakthrough

Hempel – Proof of Concept Investigation of Alternative and Less Harmful Boron Compounds for Epoxy-based Intumescent Coatings

Increasing Corrosion Protection of Offshore Structures With Patented Avantguard® Technology

Sparc Technologies Emerging Graphene Producer for Protective Coatings Issues Annual Report (Declassified)

How to Remove Defective Epoxy Coating from Steel Surfaces with MONTI Bristle Blaster


ARMACELL Publishes H1 2021 RESULTS
Insulation Supplier Armacell Reports Record net sales of EUR 338.6 million (+17.4%) in the first half of 2021

Third-Generation Polysiloxane Protective Coatings for Combatting CUI

CUI is Risky Business – Using a Risk-Based Inspection Program to Anticipate CUI Issues

Start-Up Working on Cloud Based CUI Sensor for Insulated Steel Pipelines
Company in progress of industrializing a corrosion under insulation (CUI) sensor, helping our customers to reduce waste and cost by avoiding unnecessary maintenance and replacements of insulation on kilometers of insulated piping.


Emerging Action of Corrosion Prevention Based on Sustained Self-Healing Coatings

UV Light Triggered Self-Healing of Green Epoxy Coatings

Self-Healing Epoxy Protective Coatings Based on Poly(urea-formaldehyde) Microcapsules


Novel C3N4/PANI@PA for Enhancement of Fire Protection and Smoke Suppression in Intumescent Fire Retardant Epoxy Coatings

Insight into Anticorrosion/Thermal Stability Behaviour of Protection Coating Composed of Polyurethane Containing SiOx/TiO2@Ti3C2

Study the Effect of Graphene on the Contact Angle, Water Absorption and Thermal Stability of an Epoxy Coating

Modifying The Anticorrosion And Chemical Resistance Of Epoxy Composites Used For Surface Coatings

Improving Thermal Conductivity and Corrosion Resistance of Polyurea Coatings

Increasing Service Life of Epoxy Zinc-Rich Coating on 3 wt.% Ni-advanced Low-Alloy Steel in Marine Atmospheric Environment

Reinforced Anticorrosion Performance of Epoxy Coating with Eco-friendly L-cysteine Modified Ti3C2Tx MXene Nanosheets

Development of a Curcumin-based Antifouling and Anticorrosion Sustainable Polybenzoxazine Resin Composite Coating


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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