September 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:  * A&I Coatings * Akzo Nobel * CUI * Dulux * Duremax® * ExcelPlas * Graphene-Modified Epoxy (GME) * Hempaguard® * Hempel * Interbond® * International Paints * LNG Plants * Marine Coatings * Norner * PCN * Protective Coatings * Smart Coatings * The Sixth Element


International Celebrates 140 Years As A Global Leader In Marine, Protective And Yacht Coatings

Hempel Playing the Long Game
Hempel’s Hempaguard X7 coating is proven to beneficially affect both the EEXI- as well as the CII-rating.
The EEXI-rating will improve by 2 per cent thanks to the superior smoothness of Hempaguard X7. This 2 per cent EEXI-improvement translates into a 6 per cent fuel reduction directly after the coating has been applied (using the rule of thumb of a 1:3 relationship between speed and power/fuel).

Limitations of Phenolic Epoxies Leads to Search for Alternatives Protective Coating for Major LNG Liquefaction Project in Southeast Asia

The Sixth Element Produces Commercial Graphene for Enhancing Protective Coatings​

Norner Receives Approval to Test Marine Coating

ExcelPlas Labs Accredited for Testing of Protective Coatings for LNG and Oil & Gas
ExcelPlas has developed a leading position in third party test services for protective coatings and invested heavily in modern laboratory test facilities.

Detecting Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) on Stainless Steel in Hydrocarbon Processing Plants​

Designing and Evaluating Corrosion Sensing Coatings for Marine Environments

Improved Corrosion Protection of Acrylic Coatings by Doping with Microencapsulated Corrosion Inhibitors

Assessing the Efficiency of Using Carbon Nanocomposite Materials for Corrosion Protection of Gas Pipelines

Anticorrosive Performances of Sulfonate‑Barium and Sulfonated Graphene Epoxy Coatings


Product Spotlight: Duremax® GFX – Superior Glass Fake Epoxy Coating

A&I Coatings Debuts Vitreflon® 795 XSR. Ceramic filled, Polyaspartic Modified Fluoropolymer Paint  for Commercial and Architectural, Mining and Heavy Industry

Introduction of an Innovative Corrosion-Protective Alkyd Steel Coating Based on a Novel Layered Aluminium Tripolyphosphate Barrier Pigment

Robust, Hydrophobic Anti-Corrosion Coating Prepared by PDMS Modified Epoxy with Graphite Nanoplatelets/Nano-silica Hybrid Nanofillers


Webinar: Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) Inspection Tips (23 September 2021)


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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