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Development of a Low Application Temperature FBE Coating

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Jennifer K. Pratt, Meghan L. Mallozzi

3M Company, Austin, TX

Paper No. IPC2008-64577, pp. 831-834; 4 pages
  • 2008 7th International Pipeline Conference
  • 2008 7th International Pipeline Conference, Volume 2
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 29–October 3, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute and the Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4858-6 | eISBN: 798-0-7918-3835-8
  • Copyright © 2008 by 3M


Fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) coatings have been used on pipelines as protection against corrosion for over 40 years. They have been used as a stand-alone product in single layer systems and as a primer in dual and three layer systems. To achieve optimal performance, current FBE products require application temperatures in excess of 230°C for single layer systems and 200°C for three layer systems. The introduction of high strength steels such as X80, X100 and X120 for use in pipeline construction has presented a challenge to the industry in terms of the availability of suitable coating systems. High strength steels (particularly grades X100 and greater) cannot withstand pre-heat temperatures in excess of 200°C. Exposure to the high heat required when coating with a typical FBE product results in the degradation of some of the key properties of these high strength steels. This paper will discuss the development and performance of a new generation FBE coating that can be applied at temperatures as low as 180°C for single layer systems and as low as 150°C for multi-layer systems. Performance of this new product will be compared to one of the best performing commercially available FBE products applied at 240°C.

Copyright © 2008 by 3M



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