by Amy Forsgren
Choosing the most suitable coatings for structures such as bridges and building supports can extend the service life of that structure significantly. "Corrosion Control Through Organic Coatings" discusses the most important variables in the testing, selection, and application of heavy-duty, organic corrosion-protection paints. The book addresses the maintenance and restoration of older infrastructure and industrial plant as well as coatings for new structures made from various types of steel. The author, Amy Forsgren, examines the mechanisms of aging and deterioration caused by ultraviolet light, condensation, temperature, and chemical reactions. She also provides a complete description of composition of anti-corrosive organic coatings, including pigments, binders, and additives. Ms. Forsgren suggests which corrosion tests provide the most useful information on coating performance and corrosion-protection. Several chapters review the advantages and disadvantages of of different surface preparation methods.
In addition, the author considers the environmental impact of various coatings and recognizes health hazards posed by volatile organic compounds (VOC's), toxic or hazardous pigments such as lead, and silica dust exposure. She also offers recommendations for providing safe working environments for personnel handling surface preparation. Integrating engineering aspects and corrosion expertise with paint formulation knowledge and surface chemistry, "Corrosion Control Through Organic Coatings" provides unique coverage of the most advanced treatments for extending the life span of heavy-duty metal structures today.(amazon)