Steel repair and coating systems

Corrosion     Water leaks      Failed sealant 

FlowMatrix carry out specialised steel cooling tower coating and sealing systems using our trade marked RepelCoat TM coating system.

Cooling towers are an extreme environment for the interior cooling tower steel surfaces. The water is chemically treated with highly corrosive chlorine to control bacteria growth. The pH range can cause the water to be corrosive if it gets too high or too low. The water is generally at a temperature range from 15 deg C and can be as high as 40 to 60 deg C in some cases. Hot water and chemicals cause the sealants in the seams or joints to fail causing water leaks. To go with this there is also excessive vibration that is caused by the rotating fan and the pump that pushes water into and out of the cooling tower. The extreme vibration opens the seams by loosening the bolts, so the sealant slides out of the joints.  

Water leaks also occur due to steel corrosion that cause holes in the interior steel surfaces such as the water basin, the casing, the fan wheel cowls, the fan ducting, and the fan snouts.

Once corrosion takes hold your steel cooling tower is on the way to failure unless the RepelCoat coating system is applied to save it. Coating the cooling tower interior surfaces while the corrosion or water leaks are just starting to take hold is the best action as this is a cost-effective process, being approximately 25% of the cost to replace a cooling tower. To replace a cooling tower, you need to disconnect all the plumbing connections, disconnect the ducting, remove the failed corroded or leaking unit, rework the supports,   install the new unit and re-plumb the cooling towers. That is very expensive, and chances are if you install a new steel cooling tower you with need to coat it or replace it in five to ten years’ time. 

RepelCoat RCR-300 is a three-stage coating system that is applied on top of the initial preparation process to the failing steel and leaking seams / joints. The preparation involves blasting the steel surface back to bare metal, repairing holes, and removing failed sealant on the steel surface.

  • The first coat is a primer coat that locks onto the steel.
  • The second coat is the flexible surface that moves with the cooling tower vibration and people walking on the surface.
  • The third coat is our chemical resistant coating that can withstand with all the terrible conditions that a cooling tower can attack.

This is a bonded system that is flexible and extremely tough. If a tradesperson cuts it with a grinder or drills it, the damage is localised to prevent the RepelCoat system lifting off the base metal. It will corrode locally in the damaged area, but this is easily repaired by a touch up coat to the affected area.

Two-year guarantee against faulty workmanship. This system can last up to 20 years if it is inspected yearly and locally repaired if damaged.  

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