Coatings

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CHARACTERISATION OF APPLIED COATINGS

V.O.C. (Volatil Organic Components) emissions into indoor air - EN 16516 and EN 16402:  Belgian KB 2014, German ABG, French labeling A+…C, Lithuanian legislation, Polish legislation, CE marking, Italian legislation (PANGPP), California "Section 01350", EMICODE, M1, Blue Angel, EU-Ecolabel, Natureplus, GUT, BIFMA, Greenguard, …

Ecotoxicology: CEN/TC 351 horizontal normative test method (all construction materials): "Construction products: assessment of release of dangerous substances: Assessment of release of dangerous substances – Guidance on the use of ecotoxicity tests applied to construction products (FprCEN/TR 17105)”

Pull-off strength, adhesion – ASTM D 4541, ISO 4624

Adhesion cross-cut test – ASTM D 3359, ISO 2409

Gloss – ASTM D 523, ISO 2813

Dry film thickness – ISO 2808, ISO 2360

Scratch resistance according to Clemen  – ISO 1518

Hardness  – Buchholz  indentation, ISO 2815 – pendulum damping, ISO 1522 – pencil hardness, ASTM D 3363

Rapid-deformation (impact resistance) – ISO 6272-1 /2, ASTM D 2794

Resistance to liquids – ISO2812 Parts 1 to 5

Elasticity – Erichsen indentation test, ISO 1520 – Conical Mandrel Test, ASTM D 522 – Cylindrical Mandrel Test, ASTM D 522

Ageing tests:

  • Resistance to neutral salt spray – ASTM B 117, ISO 9227, Method NSS
  • Resistance to acid salt spray – ISO 9227, Method ASS
  • Resistance to humidity – ISO 6270-2
  • Resistance to humid atmospheres containing sulphur dioxide – ISO 3231, DIN 50018
  • Resistance against UV-light and water – ISO 11507
  • Exposure to filtered xenon-arc radiation – ISO 11341
  • Cyclic tests with different combinations of temperature and humidity

Colorimetry – ISO 7724 Part 1 to 3

Water Vapor Transmission – ASTM D 1653, ISO 7783

Wet-scrub resistance – ISO 11998, ASTM D 24860

Liquid water permeability – EN 1062-3

Abrasion Resistance – ASTM D 4060

Surface tension measurements

Electrochemical analyses

Chemical analyses

Spectrophotometer UV visible and near infrared

Spectrophotometer FT-IR

Contact angle measurements

Physical and chemical properties 

Scanning Electron Microscopy SEM JSM-7600F

Thermal analyses:

  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC),
  • Thermomechanical analysis (TMA) & dynamic thermomechanical (DMA)
     

LIQUID COATINGS

  • V.O.C. (Volatil Organic Components) content– ISO 11890-2, ASTM D 2369
  • Fineness of grind and dispersion – ASTM D1210, ISO1524
  • Determination of hiding power  – ISO 6504-3, Pfund
  • SAG resistance – ASTM D 4400
  • Viscosity – flow time by use of viscosity cup (ASTM D 1525, DIN 53 244, ASTM D 1200) – Stormer-Krebs, ASTM D 562 – Brookfield viscosity, ASTM D 2196
  • Pot life – Visual – By viscosity measuring
  • Solid content by weight – ISO 3251
  • Density – ISO 2811-1

PIGMENTS OF COATINGS

  • Pigments & fillers characterized by IR-FT high and RX emissions
  • General methods of test for pigments and extenders-Part 7: Determination of residue on sieve – ISO 787-7

EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) of coatings

  • According ISO 14025 and EN 15804