Research in Progress

Evaluation of Different Paint Systems for Over-Coating Existing Structural Steel

The lack of alternative over coating paint systems presents a challenge in maintaining a state of good repair for bridges constructed using painted structural steel elements. The goals and objectives of this project are the following:

• Evaluate current NJDOT corrosion maintenance and paint system evaluation practices

• Identify alternatives to current epoxy mastic paint systems

• Identify and evaluate other states’ practices

• Identify and evaluate over coating paint system formulations

• Develop a testing program to evaluate system performance

• Test systems using the testing program and make recommendations about each system based on the test results.

• If deemed necessary, re-develop the standard specifications to include other coatings of equal or superior performance.

Performing Organization
Rutgers University
Principal Investigator(s)
Perumalsamy Balaguru
Subject Areas

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