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Correlation between natural exposure and artificial ageing test for marine coatings

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Natural exposure tests and artificial ageing tests were carried out for four kinds of typical marine coating system in the city of Sanya, South China.

Matural exposure tests and artificial ageing tests were carried out for typical marine coating systems in the Chinese city of Sanya. Source: CFalk/pixelio.de
Matural exposure tests and artificial ageing tests were carried out for typical marine coating systems in the Chinese city of Sanya. Source: CFalk/...

The researchers from Beijing University of Chemical Technology measured gloss, surface morphology, coating impedance, and infrared spectra of the coatings with methods of SEM, EIS, and FT-IR. They discussed the correlation between the results from the artificial ageing test and natural exposure test.

Fluorocarbon paint show longer ability to remain high gloss

The fluorocarbon paint showed longer ability to remain high gloss than polyurethane paint. The xenon lamp ageing test and natural exposure test led to similar changes in surface morphology of the coatings. For polyurethane paint under both tests, with extended testing time micropores and cracks occurred gradually on the surface, meantime the coating gloss decreased. The increase of the defect area corresponded well to the decrease of the coating gloss, suggesting that the degradation extent of the coating surface could be reflected by the gloss measurement. The rank correlation study showed that the results by 60 d, 150 d, 300 d, 360 d, and 450 d natural exposure, respectively, were very close to those by 228 h, 443 h, 841 h, 1958 h, and 4013 h artificial ageing test. Hence, the artificial xenon lamp ageing test may be used to simulate natural exposure test at Sanya.

The study is published in: Applied Polymer Science.

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