Details of a new protocol for evaluating the effectiveness of coatings to reduce corrosion of steel structures is presented in this paper. Basic concepts of accelerated testing specified in American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) standards and recent research investigations were used to develop a procedure that can provide conclusive results within 2400 hours of exposure as compared to more than 5000 hours in current practices.
Blistering is a common failure in marine coatings that can be caused by both physical, such as osmotic pressure and temperature gradients, and electrochemical forces like cathodic or anodic polarization. This paper/presentation will start by discussing the various mechanisms that lead to coating blistering, how blisters form, and how to prevent them.
Surface conditioning is the first step in building efficient corrosion protection on a part or structure. Key concerns during this step include, how to create a stronger anchor-profile and how to efficiently remove previously coated, damaged, or corroded elements from a materials surface prior to coating. The ideal solution must consider three areas of the surface conditioning process: finish quality, cleaning efficiency and total cost.