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Corrosion Awareness Day 2020

24 April is Corrosion Awareness Day and, while it may not be something that you think about on a daily basis, dealing with corrosion is important to the optimum operation of critical infrastructure and is an ongoing activity in many of our biggest industries.

As such, TWI has built up a great deal of expertise in corrosion management, so we can assist our Industrial Members to understand the behaviour of different materials and coatings in aggressive environments, how to monitor and mitigate against corrosion, and more.

According to the day’s organisers, The World Corrosion Organization, Corrosion Awareness Day “highlights the estimated US$2.5 trillion annual cost of corrosion worldwide (3 to 4% of GDP of industrialised countries) reflecting in part many decision-makers in industry and government not fully understanding the consequences of corrosion and how critical it is to control it.”

Understanding corrosion remains an important part of TWI’s work, especially for industries such as marine, oil and gas and power, where subsea structures are particularly at risk of corrosion. As a result, our experts frequently attend events to present their latest findings on corrosion.

Earlier this year, TWI Principal Project Leader, Dr Shiva Majidnia CEng presented a seminar on corrosion under insulation (CUI), where she detailed detection technologies including ultrasonic testing, guided wave testing, magnetic flux leakage and thermography, as well as speaking on emerging corrosion detection technologies.

Elsewhere, last year saw TWI expert, Joanna Nicholas fly out to Kuwait, where she was invited to provide a keynote address at the 5th NACE Kuwait Corrosion Conference and Exhibition. Joanna’s presentation drew on 70 years of TWI knowledge to detail failure analysis methods, and how experts from different fields should come together as multi-disciplinary teams to investigate failures.

These knowledge-sharing exercises have continued into 2020, despite the challenges that this year has brought, with free webinars including a recent presentation by TWI’s Carol Johnston looking into ‘Structural Integrity and Fatigue in Offshore Wind.’

In addition to presenting our knowledge on corrosion, TWI works with our Member companies to address their specific challenges while also researching solutions. These can then be shared with our industrial colleagues through outreach opportunities like the corrosive environment pipeline workshops held last year. These two workshops detailed the use of mechanically-lined pipes and covered polymer-lined pipes for corrosion mitigation in highly corrosive environments. Such knowledge is gained through our research, such as TWI’s recent investigation into lab scale corrosion testing for oil and gas heat exchangers.

 

As mentioned above, a lot of the more obvious corrosion-related work we undertake is involved in industries that typically operate in corrosive environments – such as marine. However, there is also corrosion work being done for some less obvious applications, including protecting mechanical fasteners where corrosion is an issue with dissimilar materials combinations.

To support all of this work, TWI maintains a host of corrosion testing equipment, including a recently-purchased cyclic corrosion cabinet which allows us to recreate a full range of environmental test conditions.

TWI’s extensive services and support related to corrosion covers areas including technical support, product and process development, asset management, failure analysis, and more. In addition, TWI also offers a range of training courses to provide knowledge and competence for you or your staff in areas including corrosion management and mitigation.

Please contact us if you need help with any aspect of corrosion management, whatever industry you work within. 

For more information please email:


contactus@twi.co.uk