Houston, Texas -- At a forthcoming one-day meeting on coatings for nuclear power plants, a session on new coatings technologies will see well-known polyurea expert Dudley Primeaux, of Dudley Primeaux Associates, put the case for use of polyurea coatings in the nuclear power sector.
The meeting, organised by the National Association of Coatings Engineers, is to be held 19 Jan 2011 in Orlando, Florida, with a networking reception the previous evening.
NACE's one-day nuclear coatings symposium is being held in conjunction with the annual meetings for ASTM International's nuclear coatings committees and the Nuclear Utility Coatings Council (NUCC).
NACE points out that the nuclear industry is "experiencing a worldwide renaissance after a decades-long standstill." As this regeneration goes forward, the sector is showing increasing interest in high-performance coatings.
Industry and regulators have recognised the importance of maintaining the robustness of safety-related coatings in the restrictive and safety-critical nuclear power plant environment, said NACE. As a result, new technologies and updated standards have been developed to improve coatings work in nuclear power plants.
NACE says that given the specialised nature of coatings in nuclear power plants, this symposium will help bring together relevant industry personnel and coatings professionals to update attendees.
Ron Van Den Broek of coatings manufacturer PPG will discuss doing business in the nuclear industry abroad and a panel session will cover contracting for coatings services.
Meanwhile two sessions will cover new coating technologies in the nuclear industry, including polyureas, while symposium co-chair Jon Cavallo of Enercon will review the development of safety-related coatings in nuclear power plants.