A cost study of common surface finish systems for steel structures

TitleA cost study of common surface finish systems for steel structures
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSabet, SMM, Clark, JP, Nobrega, JM
JournalSurface Coatings International
Volume98
Issue2
Pagination90 - 95
Date Published2015/04//
Abstract

This paper presents part of a study aimed at finding a suitable, yet cost-effective, surface finish for a steel structure subject to the car washing environment and corrosive chemicals. The initial, life cycle and average equivalent annual (AEAC) costs for surface finishing methods were calculated for a steel structure using the LCCC algorithm developed by American Galvanizers Association (AGA). The cost study consisted 0144 common surface finish systems including: hot-dip galvanization (HDG), metallization, acrylic, alkyd and epoxy as well as duplex coatings such as epoxy zinc and inorganic zinc (IOZ). The results show that initial, life cycle and AEAC costs for hot dip galvanization are the lowest among all the other methods, followed by coal tar epoxy painting. The annual average cost of HDG for this structure was estimated about [SIC]0.22/m(2), while the other cost-effective alternatives were: IOZ, polyurea, epoxy waterborne and IOZ/epoxy duplex coating.