March 25, 2019

Anti-Corrosion – Coating


In the ground

Corrosion allowance of 1mm is generally taken into account, when they are free from acid, salt or harmful industrial waste water according to the specification “Japan Road Association: Specification for Highway Bridges, Part Ⅳ Substructures, 2002.3”.

This is based on a lot of data of test steel members buried in the ground and real steel sheet piles driven underground for long time up to 33 years.

When they are influenced by acid, salt or harmful industrial waste water, they should be protected from corrosion by coating or cathodic protection.

In the sea

The degree of corrosion of steel materials varies greatly in the depth direction as shown in the figure according to the standard “The Ports and Harbor Association of Japan: Technical Standards and Commentaries for Port and Harbor Facilities in Japan, July 2007″.


Design example for epoxy coating

TypeISO 12944 Paint systems for low alloy carbon steel for corrosivity category C4Characteristic
Corrosivity Category: lm1, lm2, lm3Coating systemExpected Durability in year *2Anti-corrosiveAnti-abrasion
System No.Generic typeNo. of CoatsTotal NDFT (μm)Low
Medium5-15High >15
most High
Epoxy *1A6.06High-build Epoxy2800
very High
A6.04Epoxy + Glass Flake Epoxy3500

*No mention
Zinc Phosphate Epoxy150-75Temporary protection

*1 This paint system complies with immersion categories lm1, lm2 and lm3 in ISO 12944 Paint systems for low alloy carbon steel

*2 Durability is supposition, not guaranteed

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