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November, 2013

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The Importance of Water and Wastewater Coatings Performance Testing

Water and wastewater coatings

Water and Wastewater  Coatings & Polyurethane / Pure Polyurea Performance Testing

Whatever the linings system used in water and wastewater coatings applications, all have to withstand aggressive chemical substances, abrasion, corrosion, and in addition, provide a good level of impermeability.  That being said, the success and longevity of any coating system utilised in this area ultimately depends on the stress levels it can tolerate.

To determine the performance of a polyurethane / pure polyurea coating system within the water and wastewater industry, there are a number of tests that can be carried out by testing and analytical services.  For example the Australian Water Quality Centre test products that come in contact with drinking water, this standard is known as AS/NZS 4020.  (Note: Ensure you use the very latest version when considering Potable Water Approval.)

potable water certified coatings

However, it is important to remember that conditions in a laboratory are not the same as those in the field especially where protection from chemical substances are required.   Normally when testing for chemical resistance a sample of the coating is immersed into the chemical being tested.  There are times when this is not possible, that is why it is recommended that prior to the full application of any coating material that a test be carried out under real conditions, this will help determine the performance of the coating system especially when it comes to abrasion and chemical resistance. This is where Standard AS3894 Site Testing of Protective Coatings is implemented.

When it comes to protective coatings such as epoxies, polyurethanes and pure polyureas,  water and wastewater coatings performance tests can include, but are not limited to:


  • Abrasion Resistance – ASTM D4060
    • Taber Abrasion Test is where a sample of the product is rotated under a specific weight (1kg) against a grinding wheel (CS17 or CS18) for a defined number of revolutions (1000 cycles).  The sample is evaluated by measuring the weight of the sample before and after the test, the more abrasion resistant the coating is the lower the reported weight loss.
  • Adhesion – AS3894 Site Testing of Protective Coatings
    • The Adhesion of a protective coating system to the substrate is deemed a good indicator of the coatings ability to resist corrosion signifying longevity of the coating.  The better the adhesion the longer the coating lasts, it should also be noted that durability of the lining can also be governed by the thickness of coating.
  • Cathodic Disbondment – ASTM G95
    • Cathodic disbondment is one measure of the undercutting resistance of a coating/lining system.  Linings with better cathodic disbondment resistance have better corrosion resistance and greater longevity.
  • Chemical Resistance
    • Chemical resistance tests are carried out specific to the application required.  A swatch of the coating is submersed into a sample of chemical, if this cannot be done tests are devised which simulate as close as possible the actual conditions.
  • Flexibility – ASTM D522
    • Flexibility is a good indicator of a coating/lining’s ability to withstand the cracking, disbanding, or other mechanical damage of the coating/lining that can occur.
  • Impact Resistance – ASTM G14
    • Impact resistance test method represents the coatings ability to withstand damage to a direct impact with another object, this methods help predict the lining performance and resistance to damage
  • Water Absorption – ASTM D570
    • Polyurethanes are susceptible to water absorption during its life of water and temperature exposure, this can lead to degradation, and failure of the lining, however there are certain levels that are within the acceptable range.

Some of the above U.S. based tests are included in the AS/NZ 4858 “Wet Area Membranes” which gives further indication of a coatings performance.


Factors that Affect a Coatings Performance

The performance of any coating/lining system depends on many variables, such as surface preparation, film thickness, temperature, cathodic protection, flexibility, impact resistance and so on, other factor that need to be taken into account that can affect the performance of a coating include:

  • The design
  • Surface preparation
  • Surface profile
  • Coating type
  • Coating thickness
  • Weather conditions

When selecting a coating system, it is imperative that you consider these performance measures in order to make the best choice.   When it comes to corrosion resistance in water and wastewater coatings applications it is important to be preemptive, so understand what your objectives are, and know what long-term outcomes you require otherwise your company could end up spending a lot more than liked.

Fast-Setting Polyaspartic Floor Coatings

Rhino Flooring polyaspartic flooring

Polyaspartic, a similar product to polyurea, is a relatively new class of floor coating system. Polyaspartic is starting to gain quite a bit of popularity among applicators in the flooring marketing and this is mostly due to its fast setting characteristics.  Polyaspartic floor coating systems provide flooring applicators with the distinct advantage of being able to professionally install a strong, durable, protective floor coating in less than a day, and that’s from start to finish!*

Further to the obvious advantage of its quick installation, polyaspartic floor coatings can be applied to full thickness in one coat and has been proven to provide greater abrasion and impact resistance than epoxy floors. With excellent bonding characteristics and UV stability, polyaspartics are suitable for residential and commercial applications including, but definitely not limited to:

  • garage floors
  • driveways
  • walkways
  • retail facilities
  • new car showrooms
  • warehouses
  • office spaces

Although polyaspartic can be more expensive than other coatings, such as epoxy, it is important to factor in the extra expense by taking into account reduced applicator labour costs and down time. Think of it this way … in the case of a regular one to two car garage floor, you can be walking on it that same day, have your belongings moved back in that evening and park your car in the garage the next day.  With polyaspartic floor coatings you don’t have to wait 4 or 5 days to use your space again.

Polyaspartic floor coatings also give you the option to personalise your floor with beautiful colour combinations.  With the inclusion of metallic pigments, acid stains, dyes, decorative vinyl flake chips or quartz beads (for added slip resistance), in fact you can add just about anything to this versatile coating, you can rest assured knowing that your floor will be unique and match your surrounding décor colours.

So, if you are looking at the numerous flooring options available on the market and want a floor covering that not only looks good, but is abrasion resistant, UV stable, easy to clean and can stand up to the day to day combat, I am sure will be surprised and delighted at the many features and benefits a polyaspartic flooring system has to offer.

To be fair, it must be noted here that the one day install is subject to the size of the job and weather condition.  Check with your flooring applicator to discuss your requirements.

Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Clarifyer - water and wastewater treatment plant

Innovative spray applied seamless coatings for the water and wastewater industry.

Rhino Linings® continues to be a market leader in providing innovative protective coating solutions especially when it comes to infrastructure.  For the last couple of years Rhino has been paying particular attention to the water and wastewater industry and successfully providing innovative solutions for clients within this sector.

Rhino Linings® prides itself on its ability to offer long-term, cost effective protective spray applied polyurethane and pure polyurea solutions.  Our portfolio has been developing considerably by offering customised solutions for stakeholders of  large industrial, mining, water and wastewater projects.

The industry is starting to move away from epoxy solutions as this system is not able to provide the flexibility and extended lifespan that polyureas and polyurethanes provide.  Another advantage of using Rhino spray applied products are:

  • Rapid curing
  • Good elongation properties
  • Excellent corrosion and chemical resistance
  • Seamless
  • Impermeable membrane

Sewer Pump Pits

With out proper protection concrete sewer pump pits can erode and degrade rather quickly due to gas attack above the high water mark. Rhino Linings® provides a total “solution” encompassing short term and long-term goals of the project for restoration and long term protection.

Waste Water Treatment Plants

Rhino Linings® chemical resistant Polyurethane and Pure Polyurea provides excellent resistance to acidic attack, with its high bond strength to concrete and abrasion resistant flexible properties it is the perfect solution for use in continuously submerged corrosive environments.

Water Channel and Leachate Pond Linings

Rhino Linings® polyurethane spray systems are perfect for lining failed water channels. Lightweight and durable application equipment mean that remote locations and difficult terrain proved no problem for our product technicians. With just one application of our remarkable elastomer and the utilisation of geotextile, the integrity of any channel will be restored effectively preventing further loss of valuable water and increase the transfer flow rate considerably. Rhino Linings® also offers a spray applied membrane for storage ponds.

 Internal Pipe Spray System

Rhino’s innovation extends to the design of the RhinoPro Internal Pipe Spray System.  This system has been designed specifically for pipes which require special protection for the internal transfer of materials including water, wastewater, sewerage, various chemicals and oil.  Spray applied with Polyurethane or Pure Polyurea, the corrosion and impact resistant seamless surface provides superior chemical resistance on internal pipe surfaces, increases flow efficiency of pipes, and reduces gas attack.

Water and Waste Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation Service Includes:

  • Sewerage pump pits,
  • Manholes,
  • Waste Water Treatment Plants
  • Potable water tanks
  • Leaks
  • Reservoirs
  • Panel Tanks
  • Concrete Tanks
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