Coatings & Linings

New Rotor Blade Inspection Methods for Offshore Wind Turbines

Industrial and research partners are collaborating to investigate alternative inspection methods on wind turbines through the use of acoustic emissions monitoring systems and offshore drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras.

U.S. Army Develops Sensing Network to Spot Aircraft Damage

Networked sensors open up possibilities for new onboard aircraft features that could immediately alert the flight crew to structural damage as it occurs, like matrix cracking and coating delamination.

The Science Behind It: Coating Technology for Pump Energy Savings

Premature failures of pump components can be caused by cavitation phenomena, erosion-corrosion, and other mechanisms.

Nickel-Cobalt Alloy Coating Protects Steel Fasteners from Hydrogen Embrittlement

Electroplating fasteners with a Ni-Co alloy can decrease hydrogen production on the coating’s surface and prevent hydrogen penetration into underlying metal.

Study: Graphene Technology Boosts Performance of Epoxy Coatings

Initial test results have shown higher corrosion resistance, increased mechanical strength, and better abrasion resistance when using epoxy resin-based coatings formulated with graphene.

Corrosion ‘Hot Spots’ Found at Central Florida Football Stadium

An engineering study reports significant corrosion, due to poor coating selection and application, that led to structural damage in many locations at a major college football stadium in Florida.

Nanostructured Tungsten Carbide Coatings Protect Against Corrosion

Extensive testing of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) tungsten carbide coatings has proven that low-temperature CVD coatings can provide a viable corrosion solution.

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.

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.

Nickel-based Coatings May Slow Corrosion in Solar Power Plants

New research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is aimed at mitigating corrosion levels in concentrating solar power plants with nickel-based coatings.

Dome Roof of Historic Mosque Receives Waterproof Repairs

The 128-year-old dome of the Shah Jahan Mosque near London, United Kingdom was suffering from corrosion-related perforations and leaks. A cold-applied, seamless roof was the solution.

The Hidden Damage Done to Protective Coatings

This article provides basic concepts for young corrosion engineers to improve skills on coating specification and inspection that will impact structural steel painting work.

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.

Specification and Inspection Play Vital Role in Coating Steel Structures

This article provides basic concepts for young corrosion engineers to improve skills on coating specification and inspection that will impact structural steel painting work.

Drone Shows Promise in Measuring Coating Thickness

The drone utilizes specialized software, sensors, and an electronic coating thickness gauge system to collect and record nondestructive dry film thickness millage thickness measurements.