New Book on Coating Failure Analysis


In CorrCompilations: Coating Failure Analysis, corrosion and coatings expert Jon Cavallo discusses a wide array of coatings failures — from abrasion and adhesion failure to peeling. His latest book is a compendium of technical information to be used as a roadmap for coatings inspectors in a number of industries. With clear language and timely guidance, the book offers a comprehensive approach to failure analysis that can be applied in many technical categories.

As Otto Von Bismark once famously quipped, “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” Coatings professionals looking to learn from the experiences of others will benefit from Cavallo's knowledge and insight.

“If a comprehensive coating failure analysis protocol is not followed, important facts and data related to the failure may be missed or dismissed as unimportant.” — CAVALLO

For more than 40 years, he has worked in the military and private sectors and has made his mark as a writer, speaker and authority in the field of protective coatings, with particular expertise in nuclear coatings. In addition to writing and developing NACE’s Nuclear Coating Inspector Program, he has demonstrated a passion for mentoring others in his roles as president of the Maine Society of Professional Engineers, an ASTM fellow and a NACE CIP instructor.

Readers will gain insight into the causes of coating failures and how to properly analyze them by:

  • Learning how not to perform a failure analysis.
  • Learning how to determine the root cause of a coating failure, whether it’s a mechanical flaw or human fault.
  • Approaching coating failures from the perspective of a coating supplier.
  • Looking in depth at common pipeline coating challenges that range from handling external polymeric coatings to dealing with trenchless pipeline coatings.
  • Analyzing the failures of prior tank lining coating systems in order to avoid the loss of product, process downtime and repair costs.
  • Reviewing case studies of coating failures within offshore and marine environments.
  • Understanding laboratory analysis tools for coating evaluations and failure prediction. 

CorrCompilations: Coating Failure Analysis is available in paperback or as an e-book in the NACE Store ($120; NACE members pay $90).

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