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TWI Expert to Present and Chair at AMPP Conference and Expo

Mon, 04 March, 2024

TWI Research and Product Development Programme Manager, Shiladitya Paul is chairing and presenting at the AMPP Conference and Expo 2024 in New Orleans, USA.

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) represents a global community of corrosion and protective coatings professionals who are dedicated to the advancement of technical and practical expertise in corrosion prevention and control. The event, which is taking place from 3-7 March, 2024, provides a forum professionals to share knowledge.

Shiladitya is due to chair the ‘Thermal and Cold Spray Coatings’ session on 6 March during the conference and expo.

He will also present a paper from the GeoSmart project, of which TWI is a project partner, on 5 March at 11:25 local time in Room R8. The paper, ‘Performance of Damaged Thermal Spray Coatings In Phase Change Materials (PCMs) Used In Geothermal Plants,’ investigates the use of thermal spray aluminium (TSA) on carbon steel to enhance the corrosion resistance in phase change materials (PCMs) used in geothermal power plants. The main objective of this work was to determine whether these coatings would provide protection to the steel when damaged. Carbon steel substrates were exposed to molten nitrate-nitrate PCM after a defect had been introduced to the coating in order to expose the steel substrate. The substrates were visually inspected before post-test characterisation using techniques including electron microscopy was performed. You can find out more about the GeoSmart project on the dedicated project website, here.

In addition, Shilditya will present on the ‘Performance of Thermally Sprayed Aluminium (TSA) In 10MPa Supercritical CO2.’ This talk will take place as part of the ‘Corrosion in Carbon Capture, Transportation, Utilization and Storage (CCTUS)’ session on 7 March at 8:10am (local time) in Room 220.

You can find out more about the AMPP Conference and Expo 2024, here.


The GeoSmart project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818576.

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