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Middle East focus on corrosion


Connect, no. 111, March/April 2001, p.7

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TWI Industrial Membership in the Middle East is significant and our staff are frequently in the Gulf region. Two generic corrosion issues associated specifically with the operation of production, refining and chemical process plants have been identified resulting in development of two Regional Joint Industry Project proposals:

Optimisation of materials selection for seawater handling systems in the Middle East

Seawater is the primary medium for cooling and heat transfer applications for offshore and process plants operating in the Arabian Gulf. However, there are ongoing problems of materials failure throughout the region and a lack of readily available quantitative data on the specific performance of materials and repair technologies in the uniquely harsh local conditions.

A wide range of practical experience exists within the organisations designing, supplying and operating onshore and offshore plant located in the Gulf. By sharing experiences of materials performance it will be possible to avoid repeated failures so providing significant cost reductions. Anonymity will be maintained relating to the source of experience.

The 12 month project will:

  • collate precise details of the current successes and problems relating to economic and practical utilisation of materials and repair technologies for seawater handling systems in the Middle East
  • produce a guidance document, to help the optimisation of materials selection and repair techniques most appropriate to the Gulf

Following a successful inaugural meeting in Abu Dhabi in the autumn of 2000, it is expected that the project will start in early 2001. Participation fee is £9000 for TWI Industrial Members and is open to additional sponsors.

Atmospheric corrosion and environmental degradation of materials in the Middle East

Atmospheric corrosion and environmental degradation of materials and coating systems can lead to unforeseen failure, excessive maintenance and loss of appearance. Such degradation will have financial implications and environmental impact. There have been extensive international studies of atmospheric corrosion and material degradation, but the Gulf region was not included. However, it is known that the combination of the harsh climate and local environment may lead to higher rates of degradation than indicated by the generic classifications used elsewhere. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the UAE University in Al-Ain.

The three-year project will:

  • undertake a survey of atmospheric environmental degradation of materials and coating systems in the Gulf Region through long term exposure tests.
  • produce a guidance document to assist in optimising materials and coating selection.

Following a successful inaugural meeting in Abu Dhabi in the autumn of 2000, it is expected the project will start in early 2001. Participation is open to additional sponsors.

For more information on the above or TWI's corrosion and materials activities please do not hesitate to contact us.

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