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).
The use of duplex coating systems (hot dip galvanizing or thermal spray coating with one or more liquid-applied coatings) for long term protection of structural steel is becoming more mainstream in many industries. This paper describes the advantages of employing duplex coating systems as well as some important considerations for designers prior to specifying their use. It also highlights an ongoing initiative to help agencies more efficiently and effectively use duplex coatings on steel bridges by developing guidelines, standards, and other materials.
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.