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Akzo Opens First Turbine Blade Test Facility

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has opened the world’s first purpose-built wind turbine blade testing facility. Located at its Felling plant in the United Kingdom, the facility is capable ...


MVP Project Approaches Completion Date

After years of controversy and cost increases, officials expect the Mountain Valley Pipeline to begin operations by the end of this month as construction wraps up and operators finish post-c...


Method Evaluates Thermal Stress in Barrier Coatings

A research team at the Kunming University of Science and Technology in Kunming, China, recently created a new high-throughput multiscale evaluation method for thermal stress in thermal barri...


Scientists Develop Radio-Absorbing Coating

Researchers at the Belarusian State University in Misnk, Belarus, have reportedly created a radio-absorbing coating that can protect against electromagnetic radiation.


New Product Announcement: Textured Epoxy Coating

Global coatings company The Sherwin-Williams Company has recently unveiled its new textured epoxy coatings (TEC) for concrete and construction applications.


Next-Gen Analyses Used for Metal Corrosion

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, recently developed two new techniques to get a high-resolution look at how and why corrosion occurs.


Insecticide Paints Effectively Curb Disease Outbreaks

Researchers in Cabo Verde, Africa, and Spain have tested the efficacy of three insecticide paint formulations to minimize the occurrence of tropical disease outbreaks, such as dengue and zik...


Q-Lab Acquires Exposure Testing Company

Global provider of weathering and corrosion lab equipment and outdoor exposure testing Q-Lab recently announced that it has acquired Arizona Desert Testing, LLC.


MIT Team Develops Benchtop Impact Testing

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently announced that they are looking into a new way to quickly test arrays of metamaterial architectures and their resilience to su...


University Develops Lead Paint Identification Method

Last week, a team from Mercer University reported that it has created a faster, less expensive method to identify and quantify lead in new paint.


New Product Announcement: Benchtop Coating Analyzer

Global materials inspection and analysis company Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science recently unveiled its FT200 Series benchtop XRF analyzers for coatings, the FT210 and FT230.


EPA, Chemours Reach PFAS Sampling Agreement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that chemical solutions company Chemours has agreed to perform sampling for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances at its Washington...


Team Builds Infrastructure Assessment AI

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have reportedly developed four new artificial intelligence and virtual reality systems to maintain and repair aging infrastructure.


ASTM Proposes New Infrastructure Standards

ASTM International’s composite materials committee has recently developed and proposed two new standards regarding alternative non-metallic materials that are applied to concrete structures ...


New Paint Could Prevent Spread of Bushfires

A new fire-retardant paint has reportedly become the first to pass the Bushfire Attack Level 40 standard testing, which assesses the bushfire resistance of buildings and construction materia...


MVP Reaches Agreement with US Regulator

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced that it has reached a consent agreement with Equitrans Midstream of the Mountain Valley Pipeline for inspections...


New Product Announcement: Coatings Adhesion Test

Quality inspection and design equipment manufacturer Paul N. Gardner USA has recently announced the release of the new X-Cut Cross Hatch Adhesion Tester.


EPA Issues Next PFAS Chemical Test Order

Last Tuesday (Aug. 15), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its third Toxic Substances Control Act test order, requiring testing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances under the ...


BYK Announces Dispersion Laboratory Availability

Worldwide partner of the automotive, paint and plastics industries BYK-Gardner has announced the availability of the BYK-Gardner VMA Dispersion Laboratory in Wallingford, Connecticut, at the...


AGMT Launches Spanish-Translated Certification Test

The Architectural Glass and Metal Technician certification program has reportedly introduced a Spanish version of its Knowledge-Based Test.


Hardide Receives Funding for Coatings Development

Metal matrix composite coatings provider Hardide Coatings has reportedly been awarded funding from the national innovation agency Innovate UK, for the development of Hardide's chemical vapor...


HMG Offering Paint Product Testing Initiative

Paint manufacturer HMG Paints Ltd. recently launched a new initiative for trade professionals to get exclusive access to products and assist in the development of new ranges.


New Glass Features Strength, Carbon Reduction

Researchers at Penn State University have reportedly engineered a new type of glass that could reduce glass production carbon emissions, while being 10 times stronger compared to conventiona...


Study Finds PFAS in Almost Half of US Tap Water

On Wednesday (July 5), the U.S. Geological Survey reported that at least 45% of the nation’s tap water is estimated to have one of more types of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PF...


NJ Institute Testing Seismic Building Materials

A team from the New Jersey Institute of Technology is assessing the seismic response of high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composites (HPFRCCs) to potentially better protect buil...


Zentek to Test Nano-Pigments in Aerospace Coatings

Zentek Ltd., a graphene technology development and commercialization company, recently announced that they have been awarded a research and development contract to test their ZenARMOR nano-p...


ASTM Announces New Concrete Development

ASTM International’s concrete and concrete aggregates committee (C09) has reported that they are currently developing a standard to evaluate the tensile performance of fiber-reinforced concr...


Surfside Pool Deck Potentially Led to Collapse

Investigators recently provided an update on the Surfside, Florida, tower collapse, indicating that the swimming pool deck had failed to comply with building codes and led to severe strength...


Surfside Collapse Investigation Enters New Phase

At the end of last month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology reported that it had finished moving evidence from the Champlain Towers South building collapse into a second war...


New Technique Could Preserve Historic Buildings

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have reportedly developed a new method to assess the safety of stone and brick constructions, which could help preserve historic stone buildings ...


Seismic Testing Underway for TallWood Project

The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) TallWood project recently announced that testing is underway, with its first table training exercises showing successful resul...


Timber Building Seismic Testing to Set Record

A full-scale, ten-story mass timber building project will investigate the resilience of these types of structures through a series of earthquake simulation testing this spring.


Largest US Building Earthquake Testing Underway

The University of Buffalo is reportedly preparing for what is being called the largest-ever United States earthquake test of a brick and mortar building, with hopes of making structures more...


New Building Coating Protects Against Erosion

Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom have recently developed a new limewash for building surfaces that uses bacteria to create a barrier against erosion dam...


Zentek Testing New Corrosion Protection Tech

Canadian development and commercialization company Zentek Ltd. has recently announced the development of a novel corrosion protection technology based on functionalized graphene oxide.


ASTM Proposes Concrete Reinforcement Standard

At the end of last month, ASTM International announced that it is developing a proposed standard that will be used to help measure the tensile strength of fiber-reinforced concrete.


AUV Inspects Underwater Pipeline Coating Defects

Last week, industrial machinery manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced the successful completion of its joint offshore verification test for close-range inspections using an ...


ERDC Establishes New Coatings Testing Facilities

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center announced earlier this week that its Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory has created three new testing facilities to test ...


MPI Shares Review of 2022 Progress

Shortly before ringing in the new year, The Master Painters Institute (a subsidiary of The Association for Materials Protection and Performance) shared a review of progress made throughout 2...


$125K Grant Awarded for Material Testing Research

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently awarded a $125,000 grant for the development of a standardized method to characterize the release of nanoparticle-based coatings from v...


HoldTight Product Receives Carboline Approval

Surface protection solution company HoldTight Solutions, Inc. (Houston) recently announced via emailed press release that one of its products has received approval from global coatings, lini...


Ontario Road Displays ‘Mess’ of Pavement Markings

A 700-foot-long stretch of decommissioned road in Ontario, Canada, looks like an “unintentional piece of public art” thanks to its unusual application of white and yellow street markings.


New Product Announcement: Salt Test Kits

Surface protection solution company HoldTight Solutions, Inc. (Houston) recently launched its new line of field test kits created to detect soluble salts.


New Product Announcement: Adhesion Test Kit

Consulting engineering firm KTA-Tator, Inc. (Pittsburgh) recently announced via email the release of its new complete tape and knife adhesion test kit.


MN Researching Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Design

In a recent study, researchers and the Minnesota Department of Transportation evaluated fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) using performing engineered mix (PEM) design methods to help bridge de...


University Develops Seismic Building System

Engineers from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) recently launched a new building system designed to better protect houses in the event of an earthquake.


Zentek Presents Icephobic Coating Tech Update

Zentek Ltd., a Canadian development and commercialization company, has recently provided an update on testing results for its icephobic coating technology.


Paint Failure Further Delays WI Treatment Plant

After facing delays due to a lack of materials and coatings, the completion of a new drinking water treatment plant in Wausau, Wisconsin, has been pushed back again after facing a coating fa...


US Army Improving IRB Floating Bridge System

Last month, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center announced it was testing high military load capacity vehicle weight limits of the Improved Ribbon Bridge, or the IRB.


WW Plant Likely Cause of Paint Discoloration

Residents from several neighborhoods surrounding the Bromley Wastewater Treatment Plant in New Zealand recently reported discoloration on their homes and properties.


EPA Issues First PFAS Test Order

On Monday (June 6), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Toxic Substances Control Act test order under the National Testing Strategy for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substan...


Army Corps Validates New Concrete Repair Material

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced earlier this month that it has validated a South Korean concrete repair product as part of the U.S. Office of Under Secretary of Defense’s Foreign ...


Graphene in Coatings Provides Chemical Resistance

Specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersion producer Applied Graphene Materials recently announced that new tests have shown that its dispersions can enable paints and coatings to protect a s...


Zentek Reports Icephobic Coating Test Results

Zentek Ltd., a Canadian development and commercialization company, recently reported the “excellent” results of testing conducted on its icephobic coating.


EPA Effort Announced for Chemical Reviews

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced a new research program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with the goal of modernizing the process and bringing inn...


China Revokes Imported Coatings Requirements

At the beginning of the month, the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China issued an order abolishing the “Measures for the Supervision and Administration of the ...


Study: Analyzing Cracks in Concrete Tunnel Linings

Researchers from China have recently proposed a new method for analyzing cracks in plain concrete linings using the double-K fracture criterion.


Research: Forensic Tool for Fire-Damaged Concrete

Korean researchers report that they’ve recently developed the world’s first forensic tool for fire-damaged concrete structures.


DC Silver Line Construction ‘Substantially’ Completed

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced earlier this month that the Metrorail Silver Line extension project has reached “substantial” completion and will begin testing.


Retired Bonner Bridge Used for Research

After being dismantled a few years ago, the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge will now be used for research by engineers studying how to build better bridges for the future.


Norner Receives Approval to Test Marine Coatings

Industrial polymer research and development services company Norner (Norway) has recently announced that it received certificates recognizing approval for marine coating testing.


AFRL Perseverance Testing History, Coatings

According to an article published by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, testing completed on the NASA Perseverance's protective coating at the WPAF Research Lab aided the rover’s touchdown...


AECOM Tests Wastewater for COVID-19

Last month, infrastructure consulting firm AECOM announced that it would be partnering with Northern New Jersey-based Bergen County Utilities Authority and Columbia University (New York City...


NYC MTA Inspector Requests Evaluation Reform

Earlier this month, the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority Office of the Inspector General released a report recommending a revamp of the agency’s current contractor and con...


Free Webinar: Coating Evaluation Tests

PaintSquare will host a free webinar on Aug. 12 entitled: “Selection of Tests for Evaluating Coatings to be used in Qualifying Coatings for Use in Aggressive Environments.”


Research Monitors COVID-19 via Wastewater

Recently, researchers from the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed a new approach to monitoring regional levels of SA...


Spillway Design Tested by CSU Engineers

Last week, civil engineers at Colorado State University were reported to be testing an experimental spillway intended for Gross Dam located in southwest Boulder County, Colorado.


KTA-Tator Celebrates 70 Years

Coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) has announced the celebration of its 70th anniversary.


University Demonstrates Ice-Proof Coatings

Developed at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), a new class of coatings is moving researchers one step closer to being able to ice-proof airplanes, marine vessels, powerlines ...


Research: AI Can Detect Corrosion

Technical advisory services firm ABS, working in collaboration with Google Cloud and software company SoftServe, recently reported they've finished using AI to detect corrosion and coating b...


Evaluation Reveals Coating can Extend Blade Life

Testing has recently revealed that Hardide Coatings’ (Oxfordshire, England) nanostructured chemical vapor deposition coating, which provides resistance to water droplet erosion and solid par...


AkzoNobel Opens UK R&D Center

Late last week, coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced the opening of a new research and development center in the UK that allows the company to test new products in conditions that repli...


Silver Line Testing Reveals Further Rail Issues

The first test train, to run on the Silver Line extension to Dulles Airport, in Washington, D.C., managed to only get 1,000 feet out of the Wiehle-Reston East station before encountering pro...


Industrial Physics Acquires C&W Specialist Equipment

Test and measurement equipment manufacturer Industrial Physics Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts) announced Monday (Feb. 4) in an emailed press release the acquisition of C&W Specialist Equipment ...


Air Force Uses 3D Printing to Replace F-22 Part

Following on an established history of using 3D printing for legacy aircraft parts that may no longer be in production, the U.S. Air Force, in December, installed a 3D-printed metallic brack...


Research: Graphene Tailings Could Replace Cement

Ontario-based nanomaterial technologies firm Zenyatta Ventures is investigating the possibility of using graphene tailings in place of cement.


Border Wall Prototypes Damaged with Tools

A recently revealed report indicates that all eight border wall prototypes, inspected by President Donald J. Trump in March 2018, are susceptible to breaching. President Trump has chosen a s...


Nissan Develops Tool to UV Test Paint Durability

In a bid to accelerate UV exposure testing of paint samples, auto manufacturer Nissan developed the Xenon Weather-Ometer, a tool that evaluates durability in different climate conditions.


ABC Bridge Undergoes Shake Test

In ongoing testing for accelerated bridge construction infrastructure options, Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi, a civil engineering professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, ...


Student Tests Masonry for Design Improvements

In the hopes of changing how masonry walls are built, Ph.D. student of civil engineering at York University in Toronto Adrien Sparling recently conducted a series of tests to determine how d...


RIBA Releasing New Safety Test Post-Grenfell

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced that it is introducing a new health and safety test for all members in the wake of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed m...


Phase II Grants Fund NDT Tools for Nuclear Sites

Radiation Monitoring Devices, a subsidiary of Dynasil Corporation of America (Newton, Massachusetts) announced last week that it received two Phase II grants for technology for nondestructiv...


Early DC Metro Concrete Tests Favorable

Initial testing triggered by a whistleblower lawsuit, which called out faulty concrete panels on Washington D.C.’s Silver Line Metro stations, suggests that the problem may not be as widespr...


Early Silver Line Concrete Tests Favorable

Initial testing triggered by a whistleblower lawsuit, which called out faulty concrete panels on Washington D.C.’s Silver Line Metro stations, suggests that the problem may not be as widespr...


Mass Timber Structures Undergo Blast Testing

The Wood Products Council, along with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Lab, and Softwood Lumber Board, completed a second series of blast tests on cross-laminated timber structures at...


TQC, Sheen Combine, Rebrand

After an acquisition last fall, testing instrument manufacturer Sheen Instruments and paint test equipment manufacturer TQC have merged under the same brand—TQC Sheen.


TQC, Sheen Combine, Rebrand

After an acquisition last fall, testing instrument manufacturer Sheen Instruments and paint test equipment manufacturer TQC have merged under the same brand—TQC Sheen.


Corrosion Detection System Impacts Coating Decisions

Scientists based out of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Corrosion Prevention and Control Office, working in collaboration with Luna Innovations Inc., have developed a new...


SSPC Guide Addresses Salts on New Steel

Detecting soluble salts on new and shop-coated steel is the topic of a new technology guide from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


New SSPC Guide Addresses Salts on New Steel

Detecting soluble salts on new and shop-coated steel is the topic of a new technology guide from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Elzly Seeks Participants for Salts Survey

Time is running out to provide your input on a survey on soluble salt detection and remediation. The survey will close Sept. 26.


Free Webinar Discusses Adhesion Testing

The proper use of testing methods to determine if a coating is adhering to a substrate will be the topic at hand for a free webinar Wednesday (Sept. 20) on Paintsquare.com.


Applicator Made for Automatic Drawdown

For labs that apply drawdowns manually, but are interested in moving to an automatic tool, paint testing equipment firm TQC has introduced its new Automatic Film Applicator Compact as an ent...


Applicator Made for Automatic Drawdown

For labs that apply drawdowns manually but are interested in moving to an automatic tool, paint testing equipment firm TQC (Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands) has introduced its new Au...


UK Regulations Review Guidelines Released

New guidelines for the review of U.K. building regulations have been released, following the Grenfell Tower fire and the subsequent fireproofing testing that revealed over 200 buildings were...


Hardness Tester Removes Human Element

A new hardness tester from Elcometer is designed to provide fully automated testing of coating hardness, removing the potential for human error from the process.


Optical Analysis Evaluates Jet Engine Coatings

Researchers in the U.K. say they’ve pioneered a method of detecting areas of weakness in the thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines, an innovation that could help with qua...


SSPC Issues Moisture Determination Standard

Moisture determination methods for concrete and masonry walls is the topic of a new standard issued by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, which also recently revised another standard...


SSPC Issues One New Standard, Revises Second

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has released one new standard—moisture determination on commercial coating projects—and revised another, pertaining to polyurethanes.


Coating Inspectors’ Input Sought

Technical consulting firm Elzly Technology Corporation is conducting a survey related to soluble salt detection and remediation, and your input is needed.


Hong Kong Concrete-Testing Scandal Grows

The scandal surrounding falsified concrete tests on a Hong Kong bridge-tunnel megaproject has widened to involve 55 other projects in which concrete sample tests have been characterized as “...


21 Arrested for Falsifying Concrete Tests

An anti-corruption agency in Hong Kong arrested 21 people Tuesday in relation to the alleged falsification of concrete tests on the massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.


New Weathering-Testing Unit Larger, More Efficient

The Ci4400 Weather-Ometer, the latest in a line of xenon-arc weathering-testing units that can be used to assess the performance of coatings and other materials, has been released by Atlas M...


Weathering Unit Provides Increased Capacity

Atlas Material Testing Solutions recently introduced the Ci4400 Weather-Ometer, the latest in a line of xenon-arc weathering-testing units that can be used to assess the performance of coati...


Spray Paint Claims Spur Suit

Rust-Oleum now faces a proposed class action lawsuit one year after an advertising industry watchdog took aim at the company over ad claims about one of its consumer spray paint product line...


Building Air Tightness in Focus at ABAA

Design professionals, contractors and others interested in air barrier technologies are invited to attend the Air Barrier Association of America’s sixth annual conference to be held April 18...


Testing Firm Opens Dedicated Coatings Center

A materials and product qualification testing provider based in the United Kingdom is expanding its coatings testing services with a facility offering enhanced offerings to the oil, gas and ...


Groups Gauge Coatings Across the Pond

If you think saltwater environments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are essentially the same when it comes to their effects on marine coatings, you’re wrong, according a current energy r...


Spray Paint Ad Claims Draw Fire

One line of spray paint from an industry giant is under fire from advertising watchdogs for what could be construed as unsubstantiated claims—but the product hasn’t been pulled or renamed ju...


Scientist Adds Motion in Coatings Test

One doctoral candidate at a Danish technical university has developed a coating test method that takes a novel approach to analyzing coatings performance.


Axalta Labs Earn Accreditation

Global liquid and powder coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems has been accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), the company announced Monday (May 1...


Solar Panel Path Gets a Sunny Start

KROMMENIE, THE NETHERLANDS—A pioneering energy-harvesting road is reaping better-than-expected power yields for its Dutch developers, the team says.


Solar Road Gets a Bright Start

KROMMENIE, NORTH HOLLAND—A solar bike path has caught its creators by surprise—pleasant surprise—generating more electricity than originally expected.


Embattled Floor Giant Offers Test Kits

Besieged by accusations of excessive formaldehyde in its Chinese-made laminate flooring, Lumber Liquidators is providing free test kits to thousands of U.S. customers who have the popular pr...


TQC Rolls Out 2 Defect Detector Models

Coatings inspection instrument maker TQC has introduced two versions of a Low-Voltage Pinhole Detector that uses the "wet sponge technique."


Bay Bridge Test Shows Signs of Cracking

Testing has revealed tiny cracks on one of hundreds of improperly grouted anchor rods that were left to soak in water on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, transportation officials say.


Pinhole Detector Offers 2 Models

TQC's new Low-Voltage Pinhole Detector allows users to inspect various coatings on conductive substrates for holidays, pinholes and other small defects using the "wet sponge technique."


 
 
   

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