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Though this is reply is for Mr Bob Shilling, I have posted it on the 
list as well to clarify my earlier message.

Dear Bob
I should clarify that this is based on my experience in Australia, 
perhaps which is different from your experience in US. We probably do 
not have as much corrosion problems here as you have there. We donot 
have problems with deicing salts etc. as in US or Europe. Here in 
Australia really expoxy coated bar have no demand. To date there is 
only one manufacturer of epoxy coated bars in the entire country 
whose capacity is about a few hundred tons per annum which is an 
insignificant amount of the reinforcing steel tonnage. There were a 
two more who closed down.

This topic was of interest to six months back and I've researched the 
scene in Aust. which shows that epoxy coating 
is not very reliable  (in fact galvanising is a better way-my opinion 
only) . Bending 
and handling tends to break the epoxy, thus leading to sources of 
corrosion. In fact people in the field in Australia tend to agree 
that there is nothing that will be achieved by epoxy coating which 
cannot be achieved by good cover and dense coating. 

> Date:          Tue, 25 Feb 1997 10:23:06 -0800 (PST)
> From:          Bob Shilling <shilling(--nospam--at)>
> To:            Raghu Pendyala <pendyala(--nospam--at)aqua.civag.unimelb.EDU.AU>
> Cc:            seaoc(--nospam--at)
> Subject:       Re: Epoxy Coated Rebar

> On Tue, 25 Feb 1997, Raghu Pendyala wrote:
> > 
> > In my opiinion epoxy coated bars are a complete waste of time and 
> > effort. 
> Raghu,
> Is this opinion based on actual field experience, or on experimental data?
> I see a lot of this being used lately, and am really curious as to why 
> some people are saying it's no good.
> Thanks in advance,
> Bob
> .    .    .   .   .  .  .  .  . . . . . ...........................
> Bob Shilling, SE             Berkeley, CA          shilling(--nospam--at)
Raghu S. Pendyala

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