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Berenika Syrek-Gerstenkorn

Wed, 08 January, 2020

Student Name

Berenika Syrek-Gerstenkorn

Research Title

Thermally sprayed coatings for mitigating corrosion of steel operating in marine environments


Sacrificial Coatings, Cathodic Protection, TSA, Sprayed Aluminium, Marine Corrosion


Lloyd's Register Foundation

Affiliated University

University of Birmingham


Dr Shiladitya Paul (TWI Ltd.), Professor Alison J Davenport (University of Birmingham)

Start Date


Project Outline

Since the cost of corrosion is extremely high, not only in terms of financial costs (~3% of GDP), but also in terms of lives lost due to catastrophic failures, new methods of corrosion mitigation must be researched. Much of this cost can be alleviated and lives saved by using appropriate corrosion mitigation methods.

To this end, this PhD project focuses on the use of thermally sprayed aluminium (TSA) coatings to mitigate corrosion of steel in marine environments. The aim is to address fundamental knowledge gaps in corrosion mechanisms of TSA coatings under different environmental conditions. The work focuses on the effects of temperature and graphene-containing paints/sealants on the performance of TSA, fully immersed in seawater. It also explores the behaviour of the coatings under simulated splash and tidal conditions.


B Syrek-Gerstenkorn, S Paul, A J Davenport. “Sacrificial thermally sprayed aluminium coatings for marine environments - a review” – invited review submitted to Coatings journal

B Syrek-Gerstenkorn, S Paul, A J Davenport. "The influence of temperature on the performance of sacrificial metallic coatings operating in seawater." Paper No 14786 -To be presented at CORROSION 2020 NACE International

B Syrek-Gerstenkorn, S Paul, and A J Davenport. "Use of thermally sprayed aluminium (TSA) coatings to protect offshore structures in submerged and splash zones."Surface and Coatings Technology 374 (2019): 124-133.

B Syrek-Gerstenkorn, S Paul, A J Davenport. "Thermally Sprayed Coatings for Corrosion Protection of Offshore Structures Operating in Submerged and Splash Zone Conditions." Paper No 12808 CORROSION 2019. NACE International, 2019.

B Syrek-Gerstenkorn, S Paul, A J Davenport, ‘Use of thermally sprayed aluminium (TSA) to protect offshore structures in submerged and splash zones’ Paper No 110582, EUROCORR 2018, Krakow, 9-13 September 2018.

S Paul, B Syrek-Gerstenkorn, 'Potential use of thermally sprayed aluminium (TSA) in CCS', Paper No 81036, pp 1-6, EUROCORR 2017, Prague, 04-07 September 2017.

S Paul and B Syrek-Gerstenkorn, 'Can Thermally Sprayed Aluminium (TSA) Mitigate Corrosion of Carbon Steel in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Environments?', Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Vol. 26, Issue 1, January 2017, Pages 184-194.