Pittsburgh, PA, August 2, 2017 — Over the past decade, more than 150 steel bridges in Virginia have been repainted with two-coat polyaspartic urethane coating technology. The results show the polyaspartic urethane two-coat coating systems offer corrosion protection equivalent to conventional three-coat systems. Two-coat polyaspartic urethane coatings also have the added benefits of providing cost reduction in painting operations, accelerated painting schedules and milder traffic congestion.
This is the topic of a presentation titled “Two-coat polyaspartic urethane coatings protect Virginia steel bridge structures for over a decade” at the NACE Central Area Conference in Austin, Texas, by Ahren Olson, market manager, Corrosion Protection at Covestro LLC. This work was co-authored by Todd Wiliams, lab manager, Covestro LLC, Mark Hudson, project development manager, Bridge & Highway, Sherwin-Williams and C.Wayne Flemings, senior technican for structural coatings, Virginia Department of Transportation. On Tuesday, August 8 at 8 a.m., Olson will discuss several topics including the advantages and disadvantages of using two-coat polyaspartic coatings for the field repainting of steel bridges and share results from field inspections of Virgina bridges.
Two-coat polyaspartic urethane coatings have been used to protect steel bridges from corrosion for well over a decade and provide excellent edge protection in the areas in which corrosion is most likely to start. Studies have also shown the application of these fast-throughput systems can save Departments of Transportation up to 20 percent on field repainting costs due to productivity advantages.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 15,600 people at the end of 2016.
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