Rob Francis

Consultant, Aurecon Materials Technology Group

Ph.D., Corrosion Science, University of Melbourne

Rob Francis has 40 years’ experience in the corrosion and coatings fields, with emphasis on steelwork in atmospheric and marine environments, as well as ferrous metals, technical training and quality assurance.

As an international leader and educator, Rob has authored and co-authored more than 40 technical papers and conference presentations in Australia and overseas, from 1978 to the present. He served as editor of two ACA publications, "Sixty Years of Inorganic Zinc Coatings", and "Inorganic Zinc Coatings". In 2009, the ACA granted him its Best Review award for a paper comparing AS/NZS 2312 to ISO 12944.

In his role as a corrosion and coatings consultant with Aurecon Materials Technology Group, Rob has prepared specifications for Brisbane International Airport expansion, desalination plant proposals, water tank projects, a water pipeline and several bridge refurbishment projects in Melbourne. He also performs failure analysis investigations.
Recent Articles by Rob Francis

Important Coating Standard Update for AS-NZS 2312 (Part 2)

In Part 2 of his paper, a leading corrosion expert provides a technical overview of changes to coating standard AS/NZS 2312, covering coating selection, comparisons to ISO 12944 series, preferred paint coating systems, application and more.

Important Coating Standard Update for AS/NZS 2312 (Part 1)

A renowned corrosion expert provides a technical overview of changes to AS/NZS 2312.1:2014 "Guide to the protection of structural steel against atmospheric corrosion by the use of protective coatings – Part 1: Paint coatings."

IOZ Coating Surface Preparation Is Easier than You Think

From edge treatment to salt removal, the requirements for applying single-coat inorganic zinc silicate (IOZ) coatings are not difficult for specification writers, contractors and inspectors to get right.