Zinc Paint Can Save $500,000 On Your Powerplant

by Dean M. Berger, Coating Specialist; Gilbert Associates, Inc., Reading, Penn.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 10, Pg. 66-69

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Zinc-rich paints have been used for 20 years now. However, those responsible for protecting powerplants and many other utility and industrial structures are still using the alkyd paints. Guidelines are provided that will help designers make the decision as to which type of corrosion inhibitor they should use for various parts of their powerplants and on power transmission towers. When a plant life of 30 to 40 years is projected, but steel protection only lasts perhaps 10 years, rustproofing maintenance becomes a big cost item.

Subject Headings: Coating | Corrosion | Power plants | Steel structures | Zinc |

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