Broad Spectrum Chemical and Elevated Temperature Resistance from Epoxy
- Used to provide secondary containment in chemical storage environments
- Ideal for battery storage, refilling and recharging stations
- For splash spill, short term and long term immersion services
- High abrasion resistance and may be combined with aggregates for higher build
- Common choice for food processing environments
Novolac epoxies are specialty resins and hardeners that exceed the chemical, heat and abrasion resistance of general epoxies. Typical areas of use are:
- Hazardous material vaults & chemical storage rooms
- Food processing
- Battery recharge and storage
- Chemical processing plants
- Pulp and paper mills
- Manufacturing involving solvents and caustic materials
Frequently Asked Questions about Clear, Thin-Mil Coating Systems
Are Novolacs more costly than traditional epoxies?
Yes. Novolac epoxy does cost more and is often placed at a thicker film thickness than traditional epoxies and urethanes.
What is the typical thickness of a Novolac floor?
Minimal thickness is often 40 MILS, but most Novolac floors are installed with sand reinforcement. Typical thicknesses are 60 to 125 MILS (1/16″ to 1/8″ thickness).
Is secondary containment the same as immersion service?
Secondary containment is protection from a leak or spill of the primary container. Immersion service is where continual contact with a chemical or liquid is the norm – whether repeated splash spills or long term immersion. They are different requirements, although some Novolac systems may function fine for both functions.
Novolacs are often used in troughs, spill areas, mix stations due to the need for short term or long term immersion service against acids, solvents and other chemicals.
What is secondary containment?
The Environmental Protection Agency has minimum requirements established in conjunction with The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The requirements pertain to the containment of hazardous waste and chemicals. When these materials are stored in primary holding tanks or containers, the persons storing the materials must take precautions to contain the materials with a secondary containment zone in case the primary tanks or containers fail. The secondary containment area must be able to prevent migration of any chemicals or liquids from within the secondary containment area into surface water, ground water or soil. It must be able to control the liquids or chemicals for a minimum period of 72 hours, which is the estimated amount of time necessary for removal and cleanup of the spill or leak.
What are common food processing uses of Novolac epoxy?
- Cheese Processing
- Beverage bottling
What are some of the chemicals that Novolac epoxy protects against?