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Miles Buckhurst | Jotun

 The advantages of heat resistant composites

It is well known that materials in their own right can be chosen to perform specific tasks. It is also commonly understood that we can optimise the performance of said material by combining it with another specialist material, thereby creating a duplex system or a composite. When it comes to corrosion protection at high temperature, by nature we almost always create a duplex system of Carbon Steel with a polymer or an alternative metal on top. However, it is possible to take it further by creating a composite material that is applied onto the carbon steel, that adopts the benefits of the polymer, the added material and the backbone of the carbon steel structure.

This paper looks at the different ways one can create composites for the high temperature environment in order to achieve the different needs and benefits desired to keep equipment safe and operational. We consider different resin bases and alternative components, ratios and orientation to reinforce and strengthen the material.

Miles Buckhurst studied Polymer and Paint Chemistry at London University. Miles started his working life as a development Chemist at ICI Paints.  Looking for more technical challenges on the use of paint and coatings, Miles moved to Jotun in London as technical support for the UK operation. In 1995 he moved to Norway to work in the Cathodic Protection division of Jotun and in 1998 became Global Technical Sales Support Manager in Jotuns Head Office in Sandefjord, Norway. From that point Miles moved into Marketing and Product management and since 2010 has been the Global Concept Director – HPI.

In Miles’ 29 year career he has been a regular contributor to NACE, PSPC, IRPC and other industry conferences as well as being published in many industry technical journals.