Engineering and Spec Writing


Who Participates in Selecting Equal Coating Products? Who Participates in Selecting Equal Coating Products? Who Participates in Selecting Equal Coating Products? Who Participates in Selecting Equal Coating Products?


A major decision in every industrial or marine project is the selection of protective coatings for new-build or existing structures in...

What is the Difference Between Strength and Toughness? What is the Difference Between Strength and Toughness? What is the Difference Between Strength and Toughness? What is the Difference Between Strength and Toughness?


For structural components exposed to fatigue conditions, designers must be concerned with both the strength and the toughness. Find out...

When is a Paint Dry? When is a Paint Dry? When is a Paint Dry? When is a Paint Dry?


The seemingly simple question of “When is a paint dry?” may appear as exciting as watching paint dry, but in fact shows some complications...

Tips for Success in Conducting External Corrosion Direct Assessments Tips for Success in Conducting External Corrosion Direct Assessments Tips for Success in Conducting External Corrosion Direct Assessments Tips for Success in Conducting External Corrosion Direct Assessments


These helpful practices allow pipeline operators to get the most out of their External Corrosion Direct Assessments by isolating integrity...

What is Coatings Asset Management? Terry Greenfield Q&A What is Coatings Asset Management? Terry Greenfield Q&A What is Coatings Asset Management? Terry Greenfield Q&A What is Coatings Asset Management? Terry Greenfield Q&A


In an exclusive interview, corrosion expert Terry Greenfield defines Coatings Asset Management and how it informs better maintenance...

Potential Causes of Corrosion in Pre-combustion and Hydrogen Production Process Plants Potential Causes of Corrosion in Pre-combustion and Hydrogen Production Process Plants Potential Causes of Corrosion in Pre-combustion and Hydrogen Production Process Plants Potential Causes of Corrosion in Pre-combustion and Hydrogen Production Process Plants


The elevated temperatures and high pressure found in the pre-combustion hydrogen production process along with the presence of corrosive...

Why it’s a Mistake to Reuse Old Coating Specs: Lou Vincent Q&A Why it’s a Mistake to Reuse Old Coating Specs: Lou Vincent Q&A Why it’s a Mistake to Reuse Old Coating Specs: Lou Vincent Q&A Why it’s a Mistake to Reuse Old Coating Specs: Lou Vincent Q&A


An exclusive interview with international coatings expert Lou Vincent about a common spec writing error that can result in premature...

Coatings Specifications, Good, Bad or Ugly: Lou Vincent Q&A Coatings Specifications, Good, Bad or Ugly: Lou Vincent Q&A Coatings Specifications, Good, Bad or Ugly: Lou Vincent Q&A Coatings Specifications, Good, Bad or Ugly: Lou Vincent Q&A


An exclusive interview with protective coatings expert Louis D. Vincent on coatings specification writing best practices, common mistakes...

Combat CUI: Major Advancements in Material Standards, Insulation Features and Metal Jacketing Combat CUI: Major Advancements in Material Standards, Insulation Features and Metal Jacketing Combat CUI: Major Advancements in Material Standards, Insulation Features and Metal Jacketing Combat CUI: Major Advancements in Material Standards, Insulation Features and Metal Jacketing


To implement an effective strategy to prevent CUI, engineers, specifiers and facility operators need to consider the elements of an entire...

Myth or Fact: Higher Surface Profile Increases Coating Adhesion (Part 2) Myth or Fact: Higher Surface Profile Increases Coating Adhesion (Part 2) Myth or Fact: Higher Surface Profile Increases Coating Adhesion (Part 2) Myth or Fact: Higher Surface Profile Increases Coating Adhesion (Part 2)


A decade of independent surface preparation studies show no correlation between higher surface profiles and protective coating adhesion;...

Myth or Fact: Higher Surface Profile Increases Coating Adhesion (Part 1) Myth or Fact: Higher Surface Profile Increases Coating Adhesion (Part 1) Myth or Fact: Higher Surface Profile Increases Coating Adhesion (Part 1) Myth or Fact: Higher Surface Profile Increases Coating Adhesion (Part 1)


As the corrosion control industry adopts new coating technologies, the debate continues regarding best practices in steel surface...

An In-Depth Look at Tensile Strength An In-Depth Look at Tensile Strength An In-Depth Look at Tensile Strength An In-Depth Look at Tensile Strength


While tensile strength is by no means a sure-fire way to guarantee the reliability and safety of a structure due to many different issues,...

Lessons from a 35-Year-Old Water Heater Lessons from a 35-Year-Old Water Heater Lessons from a 35-Year-Old Water Heater Lessons from a 35-Year-Old Water Heater


A tale of why I didn’t replace my 35-year-old hot water heater, or why most corrosion mitigation procurement practices are hopelessly...

5 Things to Consider When Selecting Wet or Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment 5 Things to Consider When Selecting Wet or Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment 5 Things to Consider When Selecting Wet or Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment 5 Things to Consider When Selecting Wet or Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment


With many designs on the market it’s hard to know what to look for. Here we examine five things to consider when selecting wet or vapor...

Top 5 Considerations when Coating High-Heat Surfaces Top 5 Considerations when Coating High-Heat Surfaces Top 5 Considerations when Coating High-Heat Surfaces Top 5 Considerations when Coating High-Heat Surfaces


Learn the five major considerations you should make before coating a high-temperature surface.

Marine Structures Create Unique Challenges for Third-Party Inspectors Marine Structures Create Unique Challenges for Third-Party Inspectors Marine Structures Create Unique Challenges for Third-Party Inspectors Marine Structures Create Unique Challenges for Third-Party Inspectors


Inspectors with previous marine experience tend to have a better feel for the ebb and flow of a project—however, even experienced marine...

Joe Payer: Preparing the Corrosion Engineers of Tomorrow Joe Payer: Preparing the Corrosion Engineers of Tomorrow Joe Payer: Preparing the Corrosion Engineers of Tomorrow Joe Payer: Preparing the Corrosion Engineers of Tomorrow


The Department of Defense conducted a corrosion cost study to quantify what they had known for years—that corrosion was a huge financial...

An Interview with Leigh McCue, the New Director of the ASNE An Interview with Leigh McCue, the New Director of the ASNE An Interview with Leigh McCue, the New Director of the ASNE An Interview with Leigh McCue, the New Director of the ASNE


The new executive director of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) shares ideas on keeping the 125-year-old organization vital...

The Ugliest Coating System You’ve Never Seen The Ugliest Coating System You’ve Never Seen The Ugliest Coating System You’ve Never Seen The Ugliest Coating System You’ve Never Seen


The coating, for all intents and purposes, was perfect. But if this work were to be done today, with a third-party inspector onsite, it...