Coatings provide critical asset protection in some of the harshest operating environments within the global Energy sector. As a recognized leader in the provision of coatings testing, inspection and advisory services, Element helps you understand how your coating products and systems  will perform once deployed in the field.

With a global reach of coatings laboratories in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia, Element provides a comprehensive range of coatings testing services to the Energy, Aerospace, Defense and Transportation sectors. 

Our coatings testing and evaluation services range from the large-scale simulation of deepwater environments in pressure cells to lifetime insulation performance of flowline systems, covering everything from standard pre-qualification coatings testing up to high-level polymer testing using various exposure techniques. 
Element has the capability to conduct a vast number of environmental exposure tests which include IMO PSPC test protocols for seawater ballast water tanks and cargo oil tanks. Combined with this we have a large global capacity and capability for testing to Norsok M501 and ISO 12944 pt 6 & 9 which is utilised by the industry to evaluate heavy duty coatings for some of the harshest environments. 

The combination of high-capacity labs and advanced technical knowledge allows us to replicate difficult operating environments in accordance with all of the applicable local, national, regional and international standards, including subsea, marine, ageing, chemical, offshore and onshore applications.

Our Engaged Experts consistently provide accurate and reliable data regarding material properties, allowing clients to develop new types of coatings, validate the integrity of coatings and in the process help solve, mitigate and prevent coatings related problems occurring in the Oil & Gas sector.

Whether they are applied to pipelines, oil rigs, chemical plants or ships, Element has the skills to help protect your most critical assets.

Our Services

Element has a the most comprehensive range of coatings testing services in the Energy sector.

ISO 12944

Element offers testing to international standards ISO 12944-6 and 12944-9 (formally ISO 20340) to aid in the selection of suitable paint systems for corrosion protection.


Norsok M501

As an ISO 17025 approved laboratory, Element can carry out testing to the highest quality standards. Our costings experts will support you throughout the whole Norsok M501 testing program.


Water Immersion Testing

Element’s immersion testing services evaluate a coating’s resistance to in-service immersion conditions. This helps determine its suitability for corrosion protection during its service life.

Salt fog and salt spray testing

Salt Spray Testing

Find out how our Engaged Experts conduct salt spray testing, or natural salt spray (NSS) to evaluate the integrity of a coating in a corrosive environment or to test the corrosion resistance of a product or material.

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Accelerated Weathering

Find out how Elements experts help to make certain that plastics, rubbers, composites, paints and coatings, metals, textiles, stone and concrete can withstand extreme weather conditions around the globe.

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Coating Testing for Seawater Ballast and Cargo Oil Tanks

Element is accredited to perform the IMO set of testing standards for Protective Coatings of Seawater Ballast Tanks and Cargo Oil Tanks.


Coatings Chemical Resistance

Element has the capability to conduct coatings chemical resistance tests to evaluate the resistance of coatings to chemical attacks in a variety of service environments.


Cathodic Disbondment

Cathodic disbondment testing is often used as part of a suite of tests to to investigate the behavior of the coating system when subjected to either sacrificial or impressed current flows.

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Mechanical & Physical Testing of Coatings

With a wide range of coatings testing services, Element provides flexibility testing (Mandrel and T-bend tests), measuring coatings density, volume solids and fingerprinting services.

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Pipeline & Field Joint Coatings

Element offers innovative testing solutions per ISO 21809 1-3 to improve pipeline and field-joint coatings performance in the subsea applications.

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Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your laboratory challenges and let’s tailor the best solution together.

Our team are ready to help.