Coating delamination mitigation of epoxy coatings
The mitigation of coating delamination is one of the important challenges for epoxy coatings under the cathodic protection. Scientists report the possibility to mitigate the coating delamination of epoxy coatings by inhibiting the hydrogen evolution reaction in the presence of thioureas. The wire beam electrode method, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and traditional delamination test were employed to evaluate the mitigation efficiency in the work.
Results show that in the absence of thioureas, the delamination rate increases significantly once the cathodic protection potential is more negative than hydrogen evolution potential, suggesting that hydrogen evolution reaction plays an important role in the coating delamination. Fortunately, the coating delamination is remarkably mitigated by adding thioureas since the hydrogen evolution reaction is suppressed.
New insight to reduce the cathodic delamination rate
WBE results show that when delamination commences, the electrodes at the defect region act as anodes, while the electrodes around the defect region act as cathodes. In the presence of thioureas the delamination area is much less than that in the absence of thioureas. Therefore, the coating delamination of epoxy coatings under the cathodic protection could be successfully suppressed through inhibiting the hydrogen evolution reaction.
The finding of this work could offer a new insight to reduce the cathodic delamination rate in both theoretical research and practical application engineering applications.
The study has been published in Progress in Organic Coatings, Volume 147, October 2020.