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March 17, 2016

Does a Metallized Coating Perform Well in High Strength Bolted Connections?

Does a Metallized Coating Perform Well in High Strength Bolted Connections?

Recent research have shown that unsealed metallized faying surfaces used in high strength bolted connections provide higher slip resistance than specified values for uncoated blast-cleaned Class B surfaces in North American design standards (Chiza and al. 2013; Ampleman and al. 2015; FHWA 2014). These studies followed the recommended procedure in the Research Council on Structural Connections Specification for Structural Joints Using…

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March 16, 2016

What is the Application Standard of Metallizing?

What is the Application Standard of Metallizing?

In Canada, metallizing procedures must follow the CAN/CSA-G189 (2003) Sprayed metal coatings for atmospheric corrosion protection. Canam-Bridges also follows a worldwide specification for the application of thermal sprayed coatings – Specification for the application of thermal spray coatings NACE 12/AWS 2.23M/ SSPC – CS 23.00. Canam-Bridges uses 99.9 % pure zinc wire manufactured per ASTM B833, which covers zinc and zinc alloy wire used to…

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March 15, 2016

How Experienced is Canam-Bridges with the Metallizing Technology?

How Experienced is Canam-Bridges with the Metallizing Technology?

Since 1986, Canam-Bridges has metallized more than 2.5 million square feet of structural steel. That is like metallizing the entire surface area of almost 30 Empire State Building! Tomorrow: What is the application standard of metallizing? For more information, view our video on metallizing and visit the Painting and Metallizing section of our website. For any questions regarding this post, contact us.  

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March 14, 2016

What Surface Preparation is Required for Metallizing?

What Surface Preparation is Required for Metallizing?

To ensure a successful long term performance under severe conditions, preparation of SSPC-SP 5, or White Metal Finish with an appropriate angular profile is recommended. However NACE 12/AWS 2.23M/ SSPC – CS 23.00 specifies a minimum surface preparation of SSPC-SP-10, or near-white-metal finish obtained by blasting. A minimum of 2.5 mils of a sharp, angular profile depth is required. A high spray velocity is essential to penetrating…

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March 11, 2016

How Durable is a Metallized Coating?

How Durable is a Metallized Coating?

Steel structures are subjected to aggressive environmental conditions. Metallizing ensures their longevity and structural integrity. In fact, with proper surface preparation and with a ten-year inspection cycle, a metallized coating can provide an indefinite service life well in excess of 30 years. Moreover, topcoat sealant can be used to fill the voids and prevent moisture infiltration, increasing the durability of the coating. Tomorrow: What surface preparation…

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March 10, 2016

What are the Advantages of Metallizing?

What are the Advantages of Metallizing?

No size limitation which can ultimately reduce the number of field splices needed when compared to galvanized members. No dry or cure time, which significantly increases fabricator throughput. Zinc is a recyclable material and the metallizing process produces zero volatile organic compound emissions. Low temperature process in which the metallized surface never exceeds 250-300°F. Thus, there is virtually no risk of weld damage or distortion of the steel…

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March 9, 2016

What is the Difference Between Metallizing and Hot-Dip Galvanizing?

What is the Difference Between Metallizing and Hot-Dip Galvanizing?

Metallizing and hot-dip galvanizing are two zinc-based coatings that protect the steel substrate by physical barrier and cathodic protection. However, these two coatings are significantly different. Metallizing relies on a mechanical bond between the zinc and the surface of the steel substrate to form a protective coating. Because of this mechanical bond, the surface preparation is critical to performance. Hot-dip galvanizing is a total…

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March 8, 2016

How Does a Metallized Coating Protect the Steel Substrate?

How Does a Metallized Coating Protect the Steel Substrate?

Metallizing protects steel in two ways: Barrier Protection: The spray coating itself provides a strong barrier between the environment and the steel surface, keeping out water that eventually leads to oxidation. Cathodic Protection: Metallizing is also effective because it relies on an electrochemical reaction between steel and zinc to drive these zinc-based coatings to “sacrifice” themselves to protect the steel at the site of any damage.…

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March 7, 2016

Fine-Tune Your Knowledge On The Metallizing Process

Fine-Tune Your Knowledge On The Metallizing Process

Do you sometimes wonder about the effects of metallizing on steel bridge girders? What are the advantages of this method? How does it protect the steel? What surface preparation is required? What about durability? In the coming days, Canam-Bridges experts will help you to demystify the metallizing process. If you do not find an answer to your questions, feel free to send us your questions

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February 17, 2016

Case Study: Hunt Club Pathway Connection to the Southeast Transitway Station

Case Study: Hunt Club Pathway Connection to the Southeast Transitway Station

This 246-foot-long (75 meters) pedestrian bridge was erected over the Ottawa Airport Parkway to link the Hunt Club community and the Southeast Transitway in Ottawa, Ontario. The structure is a cable-stayed bridge with two asymmetrical spans, one of 170 feet (52 meters) in length and the other 76 feet (23 meters) in length. The deck is composed of three orthotropic steel deck panels. The bridge…

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December 14, 2015

Expansion Joints: Strip Seal Installation

Expansion Joints: Strip Seal Installation

Goodco Z-Tech has posted a video that explains how to install strip seals on Series 1000, Type C single cell expansion joints, which are used by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, as well as on modular expansion joints. Goodco Z-Tech can look after the installation of strip seals for a very competitive price. In the event that the general contractor would like to…

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December 8, 2015

Case Study: Pot Bearings with Uplift Restraint for a New Stadium in Atlanta

Case Study:  Pot Bearings with Uplift Restraint for a New Stadium in Atlanta

The National Football League (NFL) team in Atlanta, Georgia—the Falcons—will have a new home for the start of the 2017 season. The 71,000-seat stadium will have a steel roof structure designed, fabricated, and erected by the Canam-Heavy business unit, with bearings designed and manufactured by Goodco Z-Tech, a product of Canam-Bridges. This represents one of the largest contracts to date for the Canam Group. Credit:…

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