Investigation of the performance of ATH powders in organic powder coatings

Weihong Li, Diego Cárdenas Franco, Marshall Shuai Yang, Xinping Zhu, Haiping Zhang, Yuanyuan Shao, Hui Zhang, Jingxu Zhu

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Aluminum trihydrate (ATH) is one of the most widely used fillers in solvent-borne coatings and polymer industries. To investigate its performance in powder coatings, four different pigment to binder ratios (P/B) were used in respect to different ATH concentrations in four most widely used resin systems (epoxy, epoxy-polyester, polyurethane and polyester). The angle of repose (AOR) and specific gravity of powder paints increase accordingly with ATH concentration. The mechanical properties, corrosion and UV resistance performances of coating films are enhanced or only slightly decreased with the addition of ATH. Pencil scratch hardness increase significantly with the increase of ATH content. Impact resistance decreases within 5% of the initial resistance at the maximum ATH loading. There is a slightly decrease in corrosion resistance performances of less than 2 mm of failure at scribe in all formulations. The incorporation of ATH has slight effect on the UV resistance performance of all the samples. Moreover, the matting effect of ATH is observed for all the resin systems, especially epoxy, with the specular gloss decreasing more than 70% at P/B of 0.75.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • ATH
  • Organic powder coatings
  • Polymer matrix

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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