Coating Failure Analysis

The premature failure of a coating can leave the facility owner and/or other contracted parties with a real mystery to solve, and the need for a plan to effectively remedy the problem. A thorough and objective analysis of a coating failure is critical to determine the proper remedial actions and to avoid reoccurring coating problems. Since KTA is independent of the facility owner, contractor and coating supplier, the analysis of the failure is without bias. Our professionals have decades of experience in investigating all types of coating failures. KTA maintains a state-of-the-art coatings analytical laboratory, and employs highly trained laboratory professionals to offer forensic analysis of samples collected by the customer, or by one of KTA’s Senior Coatings Consultants.

KTA laboratory chemists and technicians utilize background information and experience to select analytical method(s) necessary to identify and/or confirm potential causes of the failure. At a minimum, samples are examined under a microscope to determine the number and thickness of coats as well as the presence of contamination, voids or other objectionable property. Depending on the background information provided by the customer and the observations from the basic laboratory microscopic examination, other forensic analyses are performed in order to identify failure mechanisms and provide the client with insight as to why the failure occurred in the first place, and efficient, effective methods for correcting the affected areas. If necessary, laboratory personnel can provide expert witness services during the litigation process.

KTA has demonstrated such services on the following representative projects:

Coating Failure Analysis Expert Witness Gas Facility Comparative Analysis of Specialty Coatings