Chemical and abrasion resistant coatings

Cement and minerals are vital to modern day society, a society which is reliant on high purity metals, as well as many other non-metallic minerals that are involved in our everyday life. In the process of extracting and purifying the minerals that are needed, some operations will require or produce highly acidic substances. Protecting steel and concrete surfaces from these corrosive materials is important for reducing operational downtime, and for the potential of large energy savings in the process.

Organic coating technology has proved to provide protection against highly acidic environments, but the degradation mechanisms of organic coatings in acid service are not thoroughly understood. Relevant quantitative investigations are scarce.

Disciplines involved in understanding the working mechanisms of chemical and abrasion resistant coatings are mass and heat transport phenomena, diffusion processes and tribology.