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Improving Durability and Performance of Coatings

May 16–18, 2017
Livonia, Mich.
Instructor: J. Baghdachi, Ph.D. and industry representatives


The objective of this course is to discuss facts and findings affecting performance and permanence of coatings. Methods of enhancing durability and performance - as well as properties and selection of raw materials - and processes leading to robust coatings will be discussed. Thorough property assessments of commercial coating products and coating selection will be made and ratings will be presented. Coating evaluation and test procedures, their meanings and service-life prediction will also be presented.

Who should attend?

This course is designed to provide technical information for paint manufacturers and industry suppliers and users of coatings and paint at all levels. It is specifically recommended for formulators, raw materials suppliers, paint users, technicians, chemists, engineers and quality-control personnel in the coatings and paint industry. 

What you will learn

  • Gain an overall understanding of the mechanisms and reasons for paint failure

  • Learn how to enhance paint performance and its durability

  • Develop an understanding of raw-materials' properties and how to select them

  • Receive unbiased technical opinions on the formulation guidelines

  • Learn how to assess performance and durability of coatings

Course outline:

Day one: 

Failure analysis

  • Why do coatings fail?

  • Root-cause analysis

  • Mechanisms and types of paint failure

  • Fault-tree analysis

  • Application and material-induced failures

  • Parameters affecting coating durability

  • Polymer building blocks: resin chemistries

  • Characteristics of durable polymers

  • Film formation and cure of coatings

  • Physical and mechanical properties of films

Day two:

Performance and durability

  • The chemistry and physics of pigments

  • The role of additives and stabilizers

  • Photochemistry of polymer degradation

  • Origins and reasons for paint discoloration

  • Adhesion of polymeric coatings

  • Fundamentals of corrosion

  • Corrosion control by organic coatings

  • Durability and performance rating of coatings

Day three:

Methods of enhancing permanence

  • Methods of achieving stress relief

  • Methods of enhancing film properties

  • Coating service-life prediction

  • Accelerated tests for evaluating and predicting coating durability

  • Designing ideal formulations: putting it all together

  • Methods of enhancing the durability and performance of coatings

Daily Program Schedule

Class times are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. 

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

The fee for the 3-day course is $1,250 which covers a course-book, lunch each day and all class supplies. Lodging and other meals are not included. A certificate of participation is presented to each registrant.

For more information, call Karen Metz at Eastern Michigan University, 734.487.2259, FAX: 734.481.0509 or


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In the event you are unable to participate, substitutions are welcome at any time – just let us know. Please notify us IN WRITING of cancellations and transfers five business days prior to the start date of the seminar in order to avoid a processing fee of $150. You may email our registrar, Karen Metz at or fax your cancellation to 734.481.0509. If you do not attend the seminar and do not cancel or transfer prior to the start date, the seminar fee is non-refundable.

Please note that it is our policy to hold all seminars. However, EMU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any seminar, if necessary, and to substitute presenters. We will gladly issue seminar fee refunds if cancellation is necessary, but we cannot be responsible for any airfare penalties or other travel expenses that may be incurred due to these changes.