FBE Coating – Fail Safe Corrosion Protection

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Protect metal substrates and combat corrosion with FBE coating

Corrosion eats away at trillions of dollars every year – up to 3/4% of gross national product in developed countries. Metal is the backbone of so many industries, from oil and gas to construction, and it is of vital importance that it maintains its strength and effectiveness. FBE coating (fusion bonded epoxy, fusion bonded epoxy powder coating) is a one-part, thermosetting powder coating that provides optimum corrosion protection in all environments – petrochemicals, gases, corrosive substances, saltwater, freshwater, wastewater, and more meet their match in FBE coating.

In this article we outline the many superior protective properties of fusion bonded epoxy coating and how the coating is used across industry. We also list the local specialists in FBE coating application and manufacture in the United States.

The advantages of FBE coating

To prevent corrosion, a metal needs to be protected from water, chemicals, the environment, and the action of other corrosive influences. An effective coating solution has the right collection of qualities to provide sustained protection. Fusion bonded epoxy is one such coating solution. The benefits of FBE coating include:

  • Excellent adhesion to the substrate, providing long lasting corrosion protection
  • Chemical and water resistance mean FBE coating can be used in a variety of environments – including soil and sour crude
  • Abrasion and impact resistance protects the film from handling and stress damage
  • It does not shield cathodic protection, allowing protection to continue even in the case of a coating failure – a ‘fail safe’ coating
  • Leads to flow improvement when applied to pipe interiors, reducing friction and buildup when compared to concrete or uncoated pipe

Application method of fusion bonded epoxy

As with any coating application, the preparation of the substrate is paramount for a successful and effective coating application. FBE coating is a type of powder coating, and so heat is required to cause the dry powder to melt and flow over the substrate. The main steps of the FBE coating process are outlined below.

  1. Surface preparation – To ensure the right surface profile for the coating, the substrate needs to be entirely free from oil and grease. It goes through a series of pre-treatment steps including abrasive blasting to near white metal, grinding of surface defects, and other cleaning and wash steps.
  2. Coating preparation – The powder coating process requires heat in order to form a smooth and seamless film. In FBE coating this heat is provided by the part being coated – it is preheated to the desired temperature before the coating is applied.
  3. Coating application and curing – Powder is applied through the fluidised bed method or through a spray gun application. The dry powder hits the heated part and melts and flows, coating the part and curing through a process of cross-linking.

FBE coating uses, standards and specifications

FBE coating is specified in a range of industries and applications, especially in the oil, gas, and water pipeline industries. It is used on gas transmission pipelines, for the internal lining of desalination plants, to protect tanks, and more. Worldwide there are tens of thousands of kilometres of pipelines use FBE coating, as do uncounted valves, pumps, water fittings, cooling pipework, and tubing systems, not to mention all the fusion bonded epoxy coated rebar used in construction. The industry standards relating to FBE coating include:

External pipe:

  • The Canadian Standards Association External Fusion Bond Epoxy Coating for Steel Pipe/External Polyethylene Coating for Pipe (CSA Z245.20/06)
  • International Standard for Buried or Submerged Pipelines (ISO 21809-2&3)
  • NACE Standard Recommended Practice, Application, Performance, and Quality Control of Plant-Applied, Fusion Bonded Epoxy External Pipe Coating (NACE RP0394)

Reinforcing steel:

  • The Standard Specification for Epoxy-Coated Steel Reinforcing Bars (ASTM A775 / A775M – 17)
  • NACE Standard Recommended Practice Epoxy-Coated Steel Reinforcing Bars (NACE RP0395)

Where to find specialists in FBE coating in the United States

The top producers and manufacturers of fusion bonded epoxy coating in the world are AkzoNobel, Jotun, Valspar, BASF, Axalta, 3M, and Sherwin-Williams. Below we have compiled a sample list of fusion bonded epoxy coating applicators and specialists operating in United States.

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FBE Coating SpecialistLocationServices Offered
Bredero Shaw3838 N. Sam Houston Pkwy E., Suite 30, Houston, Texas Specialists in technology-based products and services for the pipeline and petrochemical sectors, as well as other industrial markets.
Dimension Fabricators2000 Seventh Street, Glenville, NY 12302Rebar fabrication and epoxy coatings for the commercial, highway, and civil sectors.
Keith Inc.5914 Willardville, Houston, TX 77048Specialty coating services to the petroleum, chemical, power generation, pharmaceutical, specialty gas, and other industries.