Coatings & Linings

Premature Coating Disbonding on Ships and Offshore Structures

Epoxy/urethane coating systems are widely used for ships and offshore structures because of their excellent resistance to ultraviolet radiation and protection against corrosion. Recently, some of these coating systems used in Korea experienced premature failure. This work investigated the root cause of the failures using pH tests and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

Effective Rehabilitation Planning for a Natural Gas Transmission Line—Part 2

This article outlines the results of a long-term pipeline integrity plan that was used to rehabilitate large segments of a natural gas pipeline over the past eight years. Part 1 of this article discussed the details to be followed in an effective rehabilitation plan to accomplish the goal of a well-maintained pipeline system.

Long-Term Performance of a Fluoropolymer- Lined Process Vessel

An ethylene chlorotrifluoro-ethylene (ECTFE) lining of a process vessel handling alkaline-based fluids and active chlorine was examined after more than 23 years of service. The examination and tests showed that the ECTFE material was undamaged. Test procedures, data evaluation, and conclusions are presented.

Amine Blush in Epoxy Coatings

Carbonated amine material, often called amine blush, is the reaction product of the amine functional curatives in epoxy paint with carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor. This article explains the formation of amine blush and discusses factors controlled by the applicator and those controlled by the paint manufacturer.

Restoration of a Brick Chimney with a Dual Lining System and Polymer Concrete

A brick flue at a generating station was in need of rehabilitation because of the spalling and cracking of the brick. This caused a leakage of acid gases into the annulus. A typical flash coat system was not desired because of its relatively short life. A system of corrosion-resistant materials, which has shown excellent performance and durability, was chosen to make the repairs. The system consists of a combination of organic and ceramic-based lining materials. A case history is presented, with descriptions of the operating environment and materials selection criteria.

Lining Prevents Biogenic Sulfide Corrosion In Wastewater Systems

Faced with serious concrete deterioration from biogenic sulfide corrosion within collection systems, engineers and municipalities are extending the service life of wastewater conveyance structures with the use of 100% solids polyamine systems designed for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) permeation resistance. This article explains how sewer interceptors, manholes, and lift stations were protected using fluid-applied linings.

Fluoropolymer Lining for a Chlorine Scrubber

A chlorine scrubber fabricated from fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) was installed in 1977. Major repairs began in 1981 and continued at four-year intervals. After exploring several replacement materials, a FRP/ethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene dual laminate scrubber was selected. This was installed in 1987 and remained in continuous service until the plant shut down in 2001. Examination shortly after plant closing showed the liner to be in excellent condition.

Di-Octyl Sebacic Acid in Epoxy Paint Leads to Blistering in a Drum and Barrel Manufacturing Plant

Di-octyl sebacic acid (DOS-A) is used as rust preventive oil on steel sheets. When applied below the maximum level of 75 mg/m2 per side, it is compatible with epoxy paint and does not require any pretreatment of the steel sheets. The incompatibility of DOS-A above this maximum could be caused by weak H-bonding between the acid and epoxy molecule, leading to blistering. The optimum oil level was determined through experimentation to avoid paint failure. It was also observed that a variance in the sheet surface roughness of ±0.4 µm did not appreciably affect paint failure.

It’s Not Just Paint—A Qualified Inspector Is Still Needed

The purpose of this article is to draw some attention to the importance of surface preparation and coating inspection and perhaps change some attitudes and the all-too-common practice of assigning less than qualified and experienced personnel to inspect surface preparation and coatings.

Recoating a Symbol of a City

The “Spoonbridge and Cherry” is an iconic sculpture in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recently, concern was expressed over the condition of the cherry and its coatings. The cherry was inspected, removed, and recoated. This article describes the rehabilitation process and the materials used.

Application of Organic Coatings

Organic coatings include latex paints, plastics, asphaltic materials, rubbers, and elastomers. The specific material selected for a coating job must have characteristics that would allow its proper application under all conditions existing during the coating process. Proper identification of the physical or other properties of the film expected from the application must be specified.

Surface Preparation

Proper surface preparation is an essential preliminary step for any coating application. It is false economy to skimp on surface preparation in the belief that the coatings applied will compensate for surface deficiencies. This is especially true of high-performance coating materials.

Effects of Coating on Corrosion and Cathodic Protection

The four basic elements of a corrosion cell are an anode, a cathode, and the metallic and electrolytic pathways between them. Corrosion control can be achieved by eliminating (or reducing) any of these elements. One such method is to modify the electrolytic pathway by introducing a barrier between the threatened metal surface and the corrosive medium (i.e., by applying some kind of coating).

Protective Coatings

Applying an organic or metallic barrier coating between a corrosive environment and the material to be protected is a fundamental method of corrosion control. In fact, coatings and linings represent the most widely used method of protecting most metals.