Understanding the properties of coating products and systems is critical to the future integrity of those assets deployed in the Oil & Gas sector. Measuring the life time insulation performance of flowline systems and properties such as resistance to cathodic disbondment or salt spray corrosion enable you to make informed decisions about your products and processes whether they are for subsea or marine application.
Element provides a comprehensive range of coatings testing services and evaluation that range from the large scale simulation of deepwater environments in pressure cells to application tests including peel strength, cathodic disbondment and hot water immersion and also materials characterization tests such as creep and thermal conductivity.
We use a wide range of methodologies and instrumentation to perform our tests. These include Scanning Electron microscopes (SEM); Gas Chromatograph (GC); Ion Chromatograph (IC); High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC); Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS); Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometers.
We test to ASTM D610, ASTM D1475, ASTM D4587, AWWA D102, ASTM D714, GM9540P, and SAE J400 standards to make certain that the paints produced by the manufacturers are quality in order to reduce costly returns and recalls.
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.
Element’s coatings evaluation experts provide:
DSC & DMA Testing
Using DSC the heat flow and temperature of a sample can be measured to investigate the temperature dependent behavior as well as specific heat capacity. DMA is a technique for investigating the temperature and frequency depend behavior. DMA can be used to determine:
- Film/tension behavior
- Glass transition temperature
- Softening temperature
- Cure behavior
- Rectangular torsion and shear modules
Cathodic Disbondment Testing
Cathodic disbondment is the loss of adhesion between the coating and a metal substrate, as a result of corrosion of the substrate beneath the coating. The purpose of this test is to investigate the behavior of the adhesion of the coating to the substrate when exposed to a controlled corrosive environment.
Physical Properties Testing
Element paint testing labs help manufacturers evaluate their paint or coating products' properties and performance potential. Tests and capabilities include: paint adhesion, paint thickness, flexibility, impact resistance, and hardness. Paint or coating deformulation or material identification is a valuable testing service provided by Element experts.
Mechanical testing characterizes the elastic and inelastic behavior of a material when force is applied. A mechanical test shows whether a material or part is suitable for this intended mechanical applications by measuring:
- Tensile and compression strength
- Fracture toughness
- Impact resistance
- Stress rupture
- Adhesion strength
- Indentation resistance
- Abrasion resistance
- Fatigue limit
Exposure to light, heat, humidity and other environmental conditions provides critical data for predicting paint or coating performance and lifespan. Tests and capabilities include: Fluorescent UV (QUV), basic irradiance spray, controlled irradiance spray, Xenon Arc testing, controlled humidity testing, any test combined with cyclic corrosion testing.
Accelerated Corrosion Resistance and Testing
Protecting materials and products from corrosion is an important function for surface treatments like paints and coatings. Element paint testing lab experts subject samples to various corrosive environments to evaluate paint and coating performance. Tests and capabilities include: Salt Spray or ASTM B117, humidity, cyclic corrosion, fog and salt fog, dry environment, controlled temperature and humidity testing, immersion testing, Rotary and Vertical Dip / Dry.
Environmental Exposure Testing
How will your products perform in the real world? Environmental simulation and exposure provides answers that allow manufacturers to plan for successful, cost-effective products and processes. Environmental lab tests and capabilities include: Controlled Temperature / Humidity, ovens to 260°C (500°F), furnaces to 1100°C (2000°F), freezers to -100°C (-150°F), chemical compatibility, Gravelometer testing, thermal cycle testing, thermal shock testing, autoclave testing.
The type of coatings we test include:
- Bituminous tape coatings
- Petrolatum and wax tape coatings
- Polymeric tape coatings
- Heat shrinkable coatings
- Elastomeric coatings
- Fusion bonded epoxy powder coatings
- Liquid applied coatings
- Polyolefin based coatings (hot applied)
- Thermal spray aluminum
Accreditations and Standards
We operate in accordance with all of the applicable local, national, regional and international standards. In particular our laboratories comply with an operate to all of the rele-vant ISO, ASTM, and EN standards that govern testing, inspection and certification service providers.
- ISO21809- 1,2,3 and 4
- NACE RP0394
- CSA Z245.20 Series-10
- ISO 12736
- Client specific standards
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Eva Coronado Corrosion & Coatings Expert
An internationally renowned expert in the field of corrosion & coatings
Element provides an extensive range of sour corrosion services and environmental simulations
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Over 25 years experience in polymers, elastomers, thermoplastics, composites and structural adhesive testing.