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Modification of thermoplastic coatings for improved cathodic disbondment performance on a steel substrate : a study on failure mechanisms
journal contributionposted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by D Roy, G Simon, Maria ForsythMaria Forsyth, J Mardel
The effect of blending two different materials with a medium density polyethylene for use as pipe coatings is presented. The influence of such blending on properties such as cathodic disbondment (CD) and wet adhesion on steel is investigated. The components blended include a functionalised polyethylene (PE) containing the polar functionality, maleic anhydride (MAH) and an amorphous elastomer, ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer (EPDM). It was found that modification of PE with small amount (2.5–3 wt%) of either blended MAH-g-PE or EPDM resulted in a significant improvement in CD performance and wet adhesion strength. The mode of failure and disbondment mechanism was investigated using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The greater resistance of migration of sodium ions increases with the incorporation of the modifiers, and it is proposed that this results in an increase in CD performance.