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Epoxy systems curb threat

Published:  15 March, 2016

PRESS_RELEASE_Rudders_belzona_Page_3_Image_0003.jpgBelzona says in the marine industry, cavitation commonly occurs on hydrofoils, rudders, stabilisers, as well as on propulsion systems and cavitation damage can lead to severe erosion problems and render equipment useless if left untreated. Millions can be spent every year on replacing equipment damaged by cavitation.

Suffering with erosion and corrosion pitting damage, the rudders on a vessel at a US navy base in Japan were in urgent need of a long-term, cavitation-resistant solution. While extensive maintenance work was needed, totalling a surface area of 58m², the navy base required the application to be carried out with as minimal downtime as possible, so as not to impede on the vessels operations.

Due to its simple and quick application procedure, the navy base decided to repair and protect the damaged rudders with a combination of cold-curing Belzona polymeric systems. Following inspection by Belzona representatives, Belzona technical services engineer, Yusuke Nishi said, “It was decided that the pitted areas should be rebuilt using Belzona 1311 (Ceramic R-Metal). This ceramic filled, epoxy-based composite will provide the level of strength and durability necessary to ensure the substrate will remain robust, even when subjected to the aggressive marine conditions. To encapsulate this, a corrosion-resistant coating, Belzona 1341 (Supermetalglide) was chosen. Finally, two coats of Belzona 2141 (ACR-Fluid Elastomer) were further specified. The flexible yet robust properties of this elastomeric system will enable the rudders to resist cavitation, even at ultra-high velocities, successfully fortifying the vessel for the long term.”


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