A road and bridge contractor required an application to protect the floors of their Tri-Axle dump trucks from extreme impact, abrasion and corrosion. These trucks were consistently exposed to extreme impact and abrasion from cement, rocks and gravel. The floors of the trucks were especially susceptible needing to be replaced every four to five years at a minimum cost of $3,000. Due to the fact the company owns at least 25 dump trucks, having to replace the floors was becoming increasingly costly. It was mandatory that the product used to protect the floors would be able to withstand the constant extreme abuse of the construction sites while living up to the client’s image requirements. They also needed the solution to be time efficient preventing extensive downtime.
In many areas of our transportation infrastructure and networks there are steel plates in the road. They are often used at facility entrances and exits to form part of a security or barrier structure. These plates receive constant wear from car and truck traffic including road grit, salt, and other environmental effects that make preservation a challenge. Typically steel plates need to be painted and preserved each year. Besides the obvious problems with corrosion, rusty steel plates do not present a professional image at the entrance or exit of a company’s facility.
Sewage purifying tanks, like these from the Emek Hefer Region of Israel, are designed to purify waste water from the surrounding town. Waste water contains many harsh substances that slowly ingress into the walls and floor of the tank, degrading the metal and causing the sewage to leak and contaminate the groundwater. A solution was needed to provide a watertight barrier that could prevent the numerous chemicals and acids from seeping into ground water. The chosen application would have to offer a very quick turn-around to allow the water purification system to return to service with minimal disruption.
The world’s largest company in the field of sea water desalination (SWCC) consulted LINE-X to find a solution to protect the company’s brine drain channels. Each desalination plant consists of several production units. Each unit has a drain channel that allows the return of brine to the sea water. The brine has a very high salt concentration and is delivered at a high temperature 50-80 C to the sea through concrete channels.Over time the concrete channels suffered great structural damage. Salt water penetrated through the concrete to the structural steel leading to corrosion and failure. The channel walls were critically damaged and falling apart in several areas.
Recycle bins throughout U.S. National Parks take extreme abuse. They are continuously exposed to severe weather, sand storms, and UV damage. The interior of the bins are equally damaged by such items as garbage, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and food waste. These elements degrade the appearance and functionality of the bins. The abuse wears away the thin coat of paint used to protect the metal underneath creating an opportunity for rust and corrosion, while also turning an important asset to the park into an eyesore. Recycle bins usually require replacement in less than a year. The National Park Service needed a solution that would not only protect the recycle bins, but would also keep the bins aesthetically appealing to the public. In addition, they required the solution to be cost effective
Petrol station pump islands made of steel bezel and concrete often fail due to continuous use. Diesel and gasoline spills rust and corrode the metal bezel, and car tires wear down the concrete islands over time. As a result, the company had to fix and paint the islands every six to twelve months. That was a problem for the company, because even between re-coating, the islands were looking worst for wear.
A retooling subcontractor needed substantial, lasting protection on four 5’ tall mixing shafts. In use, the shafts are connected to polyurethane mixers and immersed in a chemical separating tank where they agitate heterogeneous mixtures of chemicals to draw out pure chemicals.Originally the shafts had been coated with an epoxy, but the coating was quickly degraded by the chemicals and the shafts began to rust. The retooling sub-contractor then tried outsourcing the protection to a urethane coatings company, but this polyurethane material didn’t hold up over time. The shafts needed to be protected by a product that had high chemical resistance and wouldn’t flake or melt off into the chemical bath.
A local micro-brewery approached LINE-X for a product to seal a new brewery floor. This customer was renovating a space in the restaurant to begin brewing beer in-house. During the brewing process, hundreds of gallons of water are regularly consumed for washing tanks, tools and hoses. This water combines with cleaning agents and other brewing products in a continuous washing and rinsing process. Before the renovation, the brewery tanks drained onto an unfinished concrete floor. Without protection, the concrete floor would quickly deteriorate requiring costly maintenance and upkeep.
Hopper bottom trailers are used primarily to transport fertilizer and grain. The hoppers are exposed to rust damage from the salt used in northern climates, highly corrosive fertilizer dust, and road rash from travel on gravel roads.
Seven gold mine leachate tanks manufactured in Argentia, Newfoundland were being corroded due to the harsh chemicals used in mining. Aggregates in the tanks, such as heavy metals, rocks, and ore were causing abrasion to the tanks. Client specifications required a high performance protective coating that included chemical resistance, abrasion resistance and durability in order to protect the tanks from damage.