Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2016

Publication Source

Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering

Abstract

Departments of transportation (DOTs) currently use the conventional three-coat system as the predominant choice for the corrosion protection of steel bridge structures. Eliminating one step in the coating process could potentially save time and cost associated with lane closures and traffic control costs. This research paper evaluates several two-coat systems based on the zinc-rich primer and polysiloxane topcoat technology. All samples were conditioned and coated in a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled paint booth, simulating common field ENvironmental CONditions (ENCON) (ENCON 1: 25 °C/50% RH, ENCON 2: 10 °C/40%RH, and ENCON 3: 32°C/80% RH). Accelerated weathering tests were performed on 435 coated samples (scribed and unscribed).

Regardless of the ENCON considered, the performance of the two-coat system is very comparable to the three-coat system. This coating technology offers much improved performance with quicker set time and better adhesion pull-off strength. Considering its durability and ease of application, this two-coat system can be attractive to other public and private agencies to enhance and extend the service life of steel structures.

Inclusive pages

04016147-1 to 04016147-10

ISBN/ISSN

0899-1561

Document Version

Postprint

Comments

The document available for download is the authors' accepted manuscript, provided in compliance with publisher policies on self-archiving. Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

American Society of Civil Engineers

Volume

28

Issue

12

Peer Reviewed

yes

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