Extending Infrastructure Life Using FEVE Bridge Coatings
Originally Aired June 25, 2019
In this one hour course, we will discover the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats for both new bridges and maintenance re-coating of existing bridges. We will review the decades-long history of real-time and accelerated testing of FEVE fluoropolymer coatings in Japan due to their extensive use on bridge infrastructure. We will also assess the life-cycle cost advantage of FEVE topcoat despite its higher initial cost compared to other topcoat formulations.
Upon completion of this course, the design professional will be able to:
- Define FEVE and discuss FEVE coating makeup, history and unique weatherability properties
- Discuss real-time and accelerated testing of FEVE coatings that demonstrate its proven performance in terms of corrosion resistance, color/gloss retention, and long life-cycle
- Discuss guidelines for proper specification, ease of application and low maintenance needs of FEVE bridge coatings
- Quantify cost and sustainability benefits of FEVE coatings for bridges in regard to long life-cycle
LUMIFLON® FEVE powder resins from AGC, Inc., provide exceptional weatherability, corrosion resistance and environmental benefits when used in exterior architectural coatings applications. These resins do not require a solvent (VOC) and can be used in formulations to meet the AAMA 2605 specification for high-performance exterior architectural coatings. Currently, solvent- and water-based, 100% solids, and powder FEVE resins are available for use in architectural coatings. A key application for FEVE is the coating of aluminum composite panels used in high-end architectural buildings.