Acrylic based thermal insulative coating (TIC) was compared to one-component and two-component epoxy TICs. Adhesion, hardness, tensile strength, water absorption, water fog resistance, and other tests were performed.
Over the years, engineers in the Oil and Gas industry have come to trust Thermal Insulative Coatings for temperature suppression for anything from personnel protection to process temperature stability. Until recently, only acrylic based materials have been available. Now, the next generation of Thermal Insulative Coatings is available in the form of 2-component, water based epoxy technology. Epoxy technology has brought an improvement over acrylic based materials in terms of Adhesion, hardness and tensile strength, among others. These inherent properties have been transformed into successful applications in the oil and gas industry including asphalt carriers, process and production equipment and fuel storage tanks.
Key words: Thermal Insulative Coatings, Epoxy, Worker safety, OSHA, Solar Radiation, Sweating Surfaces