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bridge staining coatings

Investigating Failure: Considerations for Reconstruction of a Bridge Exhibiting Staining

When a large-scale bridge is in need of significant reconstruction, many factors should be considered prior to initiation of the project. Part of this particular reconstruction involved repainting of the structural steel on a 40-foot-wide lift bridge that had a total length (including approaches) of 2,877 feet, with a main span of 418 feet. The …

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High-Temperature Service (Heat-Resistant) Coatings: Industries, Coating Types, Testing Protocols and Consequences of Testing Inconsistencies

High temperature-resistant coatings are used in a variety of industries and markets to prevent corrosion of steel subjected to extreme temperatures while in service. There are several testing protocols that are used to evaluate the performance of these coatings; however, performance comparisons are challenging since there is little uniformity or consistency of the test methods. …

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pipe coatings

Interior Pipe Coatings for Transporting Potable Water – Types and Considerations

Introduction Throughout most the world in developed countries, the public relies on access to a safe drinking water supply; something we frequently take for granted until it is compromised. Potable water frequently traverses through steel pipe to deliver it both safely and economically. However, because water in contact with steel will cause it to corrode, …

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coating failure water tank

Investigating Failure: Elevated Water Tank Coating Warranty Repairs

A 1930s-era riveted steel tank with a capacity of 1.5 million gallons was one of the largest water tanks in the world at the time of its construction. A radial cone-design tank with a 6-foot-diameter riser and 20 legs, it is approximately 175 feet in height and 80 feet in diameter. The available painting history …

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Premature Corrosion of Porcelain Enamel-Coated Panels

Background of Design Specifications – Five stations of a commuter rail transportation system were exhibiting corrosion and coating adhesion problems.  The train stations were constructed approximately six years prior to observed coating failure. The steel surfaces (column covers, wall and ceiling cladding, soffit, security screens and structural support systems) were to receive a porcelain enamel protective …

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Roof Coating Failure

Case Study: Roof Coatings Flunk Out

Premature coating problems on the standing seam roofs of two school buildings were an eyesore for the community and an issue for the school board that was trying to improve the school’s image. This article describes the site investigation, the forensic laboratory analysis, and what ultimately caused the coating to detach.Embarrassed that the four-year-old roof …

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