Coating Failure Investigation: An Interactive Workshop

The materials that comprise a particular coating should work in many environments and stay in place for years. However, there are several ways that coatings can fail. If a coating does not perform as expected, then an investigation regarding the reasons for the failure is opened. Presenting a hypothesis is a starting point, but it does not provide a universal fix.

Once the reasons for a coating failure are identified, a plan is formed to fix the problem and provide a path to successful performance. The two primary aspects of a coating failure investigation are determining the correct process for resolving the issue and deciding which party will pay for fixing the problem. Although there are often points of contention, the failure investigation should be based on facts, not speculation, leading to a defensible conclusion.

Monday’s AMPP Annual Conference + Expo workshop presentation from Lake Barrett of KTA-Tator, Inc. will follow three failure investigations: one of a pipeline, another of a tank lining, and one that is yet to be determined. Every piece of information can be used to guide investigators to a thorough conclusion. Workshop participants will choose their “path of investigation” and use information collected to determine what went wrong, who is at fault, and how to remedy the situation, so that a failure does not reoccur in the future.

Titled “Coating Failure Investigation Workshop – Why Did this Happen?,” the workshop will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. local time in Room 208.

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