With coating and lining of concrete, while it may seem like a simple, novel task, there are always challenges. Even though concrete may be one of the largest construction materials used today, it is a complex structural matrix that can be ever changing even in a single placement. The need for coating concrete to either waterproof, or extend the life of the structure is not new to our industry.
The author will present on the various generic coatings technologies available for lining concrete and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Discussion will include epoxy, polyurethane and polyurea technologies. The goal of the presentation will be to provide some guidance to the attendees on when is the right application to select each technology as part of a specification.
The role of a Coating Inspector has evolved considerably over the past few decades, and the responsibilities have increased over what used to be a rather straightforward job: to verify that surface preparation and coating application meet the project specification requirements. Today there are week-long or multi-week basic and advanced coating inspection courses, specialty courses that are industry-specific (e.g., bridge, nuclear), courses that are substrate-specific (e.g., concrete coatings inspection) and even coating-specific (e.g., inspection of thermal spray coatings).