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Flexible Coatings Help Protect Marine Structures

Corrosion impacts all structures in a marine environment, such as offshore platforms and rigs and ocean-going vessels. One way to minimize and mitigate the effect of some types of corrosion is through the use of flexible surface coatings.

Encapsulating Technology Protects over 500 Flanges

The repair and maintenance industry has employed many different techniques to combat flange corrosion. A gas supplier decided to commission a flexible and peelable coating system for the protection of over 500 flanges on the site.

Polyurea Coatings Protect Aging Concrete Wastewater Infrastructure

Advanced polyurea coatings and liners can provide strong, flexible waterproofing to bridge cracks and protect against future cracking and deterioration.

Medical Device Industry Turns to Plasma-Applied Coatings

To upgrade legacy medical devices under new regulations, the medical device industry is aggressively investigating and applying plasma-applied coatings to products such as stainless steel guide wires, catheters, stents, and vascular surgical tools.

Evaluation and Repair of a Liquid Sulfur Holding Tank

This case study presents the results of evaluations and repairs made to a sulfur tank at a gas plant in central Alberta, Canada. The repairs exceeded the owner’s expectations for performance and have not required any subsequent concrete repairs of significance.

Cold-Bonding Polymeric Technique Helps Restore U.K. Trains

A U.K. group specializing in train restoration identified polymeric cold-bonding as a superior solution to welding to help fix recurring problems with metal corrosion in diesel tanks.

Corrosion Basics: Coating New Construction Seagoing Vessels

Surface preparation and coating application during the new construction of a vessel compose a complex orchestration that requires the coordination of every department in a shipyard. It is also one of the most expensive parts of building a new vessel.

Innovative Polymeric Solution for Flanged Pipework Protection

Flanged pipework can be isolated from corrosive environments by using a flexible, liquid-applied elastomeric material that can be peeled off for inspection and then resealed.

Guide Helps Estimate Cost and Service Life for Protective Coatings

The practical guide was designed to help coatings engineers or specifiers determine candidate protective coating systems for particular industrial environments.

Waterproofing System Protects Landmark New York Bridge

Heavy traffic on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge meant that the 50-year-old upper level deck required replacement to make way for a lighter-weight orthotropic deck consisting of more durable steel.

Trailer Study: Wax Coating Shows Promise in Resisting Corrosion

Salt spray exposure tests revealed the strength of wax-based coatings in withstanding exposure to sodium chloride (NaCL) as a corrosive agent in truck and trailer manufacturing operations.

Assessing the Risk of Coating Failure from Residual Soluble Salts

Residual soluble salts are contaminants on a substrate surface that affect coating performance. The primary soluble salts that the coatings industry must manage are in the form of chlorides, sulfates, and nitrates.

Graphene Nanoplatelets Boost Barrier Protection to Epoxy Coatings

The effective barrier properties of the graphene nanoplatelets may explain the corrosion mitigation observed on steel panels in both immersion testing and cyclic salt fog testing.

Fire-Resistant Coating Forms Heat Barrier for Reinforced Concrete

A new polyurethane-based nanocomposite coating system can be applied to steel and concrete without the need for sandblasting, thus reducing application time by half. It can also protect the substrate against fire for two hours without falling off.

Abrasives: Salt Contamination and Its Transfer

Soluble salts left on the surface can cause premature coating failures. As such, all steps and materials used require scrutiny to prevent the potential addition of salts during surface preparation and cleaning.