Coatings & Linings

Australian University Leads Project to Self-Heal Concrete Using Sludge

Self-healing concrete, in the form of microcapsules filled with water treatment sludge, could offer a solution to halt what researchers say are unprecedented corrosion levels in Australia’s aging concrete pipelines.

AMPP Annual Conference + Expo Climbs to New Heights

The 2023 version of the AMPP Annual Conference + Expo takes place from March 18-23 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Here’s our look at key highlights for the event, along with a welcome message from AMPP’s Amir Eliezer and Cris Conner.

U.S. Officials Back Denver Water’s Lead Reduction Plan

Denver Water is receiving $76 million in funding from the U.S. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to accelerate its lead-service line replacement plan, which was recently approved and found to be effective by the Environmental Protection Agency.

MP Announces Finalists for 2023 Corrosion Innovation Awards

The announcement ceremony for the 2023 Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards will be held on Monday, March 20, at the AMPP Annual Conference + Expo in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Graphene Coating Boosts Flexible and Wearable Electronics

In two new studies, researchers at the California Institute of Technology demonstrated how graphene can greatly improve electrical circuits required for wearable and flexible electronics such as smart health patches, bendable smartphones, helmets, large folding display screens, and more.

Interview: Bob Chalker on His Retirement and AMPP’s Future

Bob Chalker, CEO of AMPP and formerly NACE International, explains his decision to retire in July 2023 and outlines what the transition process will look like for the association over the coming months and years.

Paint Is Complicated: Inspector Training Opportunities

One way to ensure that you’re ready to tackle the challenges of paint is to get the right training. The Master Painters Institute (MPI), a subsidiary of AMPP, offers three training courses that may be a good place to start.

‘New Breed’ of Corrosion Inhibitor for Oil, Gas Industry

Through pioneering micro-reservoir technology, Hexigone is incorporating chemicals that were previously incompatible with coatings and offering a “smart” inhibitor. Independent testing results show that when used in a primer system, the additives dramatically increase corrosion protection.

Gretchen Jacobson Retires as MP Managing Editor-in-Chief

Gretchen A. Jacobson, Managing Editor-in-Chief of Materials Performance (MP) magazine, officially retired from her role at the conclusion of December 2022. Rebecca A. Bickham, Editor, is now leading the magazine.

Penn State Researchers Launch Study on Power Plant Pipe Corrosion

A team of researchers at Penn State investigating how contaminants in power plant water cycles affect the integrity of steel pipes and tubing in power generation systems. The goal is to expand their understanding of corrosion processes in extreme environments.

Study: Ceramic Coatings Largely Unaffected by Material Fatigue

According to researchers at TU Wien (Vienna), thin-film ceramic coatings break down in a completely different way than metals. Material fatigue hardly plays a role, whereas the decisive factor is said to be the intensity of extreme load peaks.

Thermal Insulation Solution Protects Oil Dispersant Vessel

New polymer technology from Belzona is allowing a client to protect its vessel against extreme operational conditions, all while also meeting weight and thickness specifications. The solution proved more effective than traditional cladding.

Bossier City, Louisiana Wins 2022 Tank of the Year

Tnemec announced that a municipal water tank in Bossier City, La., is the winner of its 2022 Tank of the Year competition. The tank was selected based on criteria such as artistic value, the significance of the tank to the community, and challenges encountered during the project.

Embracing the Digital Transformation in Corrosion and Coatings

Jim Kunkle, key account manager for AkzoNobel’s International brand of protective coatings, explains how the COVID-19 pandemic shaped and accelerated the digital transformation within the global corrosion control and protective coatings industries.

Deicer Corrosion of Trucks: A Case Study

Hydraulic, electrical, and structural components of vehicles can be vulnerable to corrosion damage caused by deicers. To that end, a Scandinavian study found that cars driven on salt-free roads were 50% less vulnerable to cosmetic corrosion than cars exposed to road salt.