Extending Infrastructure Life Using FEVE Bridge Coatings
June 25, 2019 | 2:00 PM ET | Earn PDH!
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.