Lattice Steel Tower Protective Coatings
SP Energy Networks
SP Energy Networks Innovation
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Innovation Funding Incentive
LV & 11kV Networks
Pending changes in EEC legislation (anticipated date 2010) will prohibit the two coat
alkyd paint system used in current practise consequently there is a need to use a safe
The development of a prototype single coat epoxy protective coating for lattice steel
towers to replace the two coat alkyd paint currently in use. In 2000 SPEN
developed and introduced a single coat epoxy coating for lattice towers. However,
without the use of appropriate protective clothing and barrier creams there was a small
risk of becoming sensitised to the irritants in the paint. Once the applicator becomes
sensitised it is unlikely that they will be able to tolerate using epoxy paints in the future.
In conjunction with the Epoxy paint manufacturer this project will explore the removal
of irritants in the paint system without reducing the protective properties of the
coating. Once a prototype has been accepted trials would be undertaken in an
acceleration chamber in parallel with field trail application.