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Corrosion Protection of a Halifax Harbour Bridge: Challenges, Issues and Opportunities

The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge is a 1.3-kilometer-long (4,265-foot-long) cable suspension bridge that carries automotive traffic over the Halifax Harbour between Dartmouth and Halifax. There are four approach spans to the west cable bent on the Halifax end and 12 approach spans to the east cable bent on the Dartmouth end. The bridge was opened …

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Inspection of the Precast Concrete Surface Preparation and Coating Application

Introduction – Precast concrete is cleaned and painted for both beautification and protection.  Painting may involve the use of protective coatings, stains, or water repellents.  For the materials to adhere and provide the desired service life, the quality of surface preparation and application must be assured.  This can be accomplished by thoroughly inspecting each phase …

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Expendable and Recyclable Abrasives – Pros and Cons

The purpose of expendable and recyclable abrasives as used in this article is to prepare surfaces for the subsequent application of protective coatings. The SSPC glossary defines expendable and recyclable abrasives as follows: Expendable Abrasive – An abrasive that usually is discarded after one use. Recyclable Abrasive – Abrasive blasting material such as steel shot …

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Abrasive Blast Cleaning of Non-Ferrous Metals

Most of the SSPC surface preparation standards focus on the preparation of steel, either by abrasive blast cleaning (dry and wet), power tool cleaning, or water jetting.  Recognizing that galvanizing, non-ferrous metals and various types of stainless steel also need to be prepared for painting, SSPC published a standard for brush-off blast cleaning these metals …

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Total Shop Painting of New Bridge Steel – Pros and Cons

When all coats of a paint system are applied to bridge steel in an enclosed shop, the quality of the cleaning and painting is typically quite good.  The steel is blast cleaned and painted in a controlled environment, minimizing or eliminating the concerns with temperature, relative humidity, dew point, and inclement weather that often plague …

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SSPC Moisture Testing Guide and Pinhole Standard

Moisture in walls can affect the performance of coating and water-repellent systems. While ASTM publishes standards for determining the moisture content of cementitious substrates, their primary focus is concrete floors. Until this year, little guidance was available for the measurement of moisture content in walls, either from ASTM or other organizations. Similarly, tolerance of pinholes …

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Problem Solved: My Paint Looks Bad — Can I Prove It Has Faded?

As a building owner, if you begin to suspect that the paint on your building has faded and become dull, your next concern may be whether there is a way to prove that has occurred. Additionally, you will want to know if you have any recourse with the manufacturer if those assumptions are correct. Most …

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Collect with Care: How to Effectively Gather Paint Samples for Off-Site Analysis

When paint is blistering and peeling, laboratory analysis is often required to determine the cause. But what types of samples are needed, and how should the samples be collected? These are important questions, as the greatest sources of error faced by laboratories when analyzing coating failures occur before the box of samples is even opened. …

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Preparing Hot Dip Galvanizing for Painting – It’s not Overly Complicated

Bare galvanizing provides excellent corrosion protection at a pH between 7 and 13, but corrosion of the zinc increases as the pH becomes more acidic (less than 7), or more alkaline (greater than 13).  When galvanizing is exposed to the lower or higher pH ranges, it should be painted.  Paint should also be applied when …

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