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Students Tackle Corrosion in 2 Contests

Friday, October 10, 2014

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NACE is challenging students to solve this country's corrosion problems, from bridges to defense systems, in a pair of competitions.

Corrosion in Motion is a global video competition that invites high school and college students to educate others about corrosion and how it affects society.

The association has also teamed up with the U.S. Department of Defense to launch the University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition—the first competition focused on finding groundbreaking corrosion control solutions, according to the association.

Corrosion in Motion

For Corrosion in Motion, students (in teams or individually) are challenged to create a four-minute video that shows either general corrosion or corrosion of bridges.

Corrosion in Motion
Screengrab via NACE Youtube video

NACE's Corrosion in Motion is a global video competition that invites high school and college students to educate others about corrosion and how it affects society.

Each video is to include:

  • A brief introduction;
  • A description of the structure's composition;
  • A description or listing of corrosion control techniques used to maintain the structure; and
  • A description accompanied by a visual representation of what would happen to the structure or if it was never protected from corrosion, if it was not protected properly, or if corrosion control efforts were stopped.

The videos also must emphasize ways corrosion impacts our lives; the effects on material composition, environment and location; safety awareness; or new technologies and methods.

Win $$

The winning video will be featured at NACE's annual conference, CORROSION 2015, which will be held March 15-19 in Dallas, TX.

Watch last year's first-place video submission, "Corrosion on Chain Bridge, Budapest."

Winners will also receive money for college: $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,500 for third place.

Entries are being accepted through Dec. 31; online voting will be open to the public Jan. 1-15; and winners will be announced Jan. 22. Register here to enter.

$1M Defense Competition

The DoD is providing $1 million in seed funding to launch the University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition.

For the inaugural year, participating teams will be tasked with a challenge related to corrosion of defense systems. In following years, the competition will include challenges related to other infrastructure and assets outside the military.

According to NACE, the challenge rules will be announced in spring 2015, teams will be able to register in fall 2015, and the competition will take place in spring 2016.

The idea for the competition arose from a conversation between Dan Dunmire, director of the DoD's Corrosion Policy Oversight Office, and NACE CEO Bob Chalker.

"I asked Bob what he thought we could do to make a difference in education, outreach and communication to get the next generation involved in materials sustainment," said Dunmire.

"He proposed a one-of-a-kind competition unlike anything the corrosion industry has seen before. A vision of something that would be to infrastructure development and sustainability, what XPRIZE is to space travel."

(The Ansari XPRIZE challenged teams from around the world to build a reliable, reusable, privately financed, manned spaceship capable of carrying three people to 100 kilometers above Earth's surface twice within two weeks.)

DoD corrosion
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The DoD is providing $1 million to launch the University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition. For the inaugural year, participating teams will be tasked with a challenge related to corrosion of defense systems.

Dunmire said the competition supports the strategic plan of the DoD's corrosion office.

Chalker added, "We are grateful to have the opportunity to build this competition from the ground up. To pioneer this event and start with such an important challenge—corrosion control for U.S. defense systems—is something we're very proud of and it's a great motivator."

Kim Ray, senior manager of University Programs for NACE, will lead and manage the program. She is currently developing the program rules and guidelines and will work with the DoD to develop the competition and recruit schools to participate.

"Working at NACE has taught me so much about the needs of society when it comes to corrosion control," said Ray. "To be able to launch a competition that will advance the corrosion industry and impact the lives of so many people around the world is a true privilege."

According to Dunmire, "The outcome of this competition will support the warriors, the men and women of the U.S. military who deserve equipment that is safe and ready to use when it's needed.

"Nothing like this has been done before in the field of corrosion and material sustainment; it's an important first."


Tagged categories: Bridges; Colleges and Universities; Contests; Corrosion protection; Department of Defense (DOD); Military; NACE; North America; Program/Project Management; Video

Comment from David Reynolds, (10/10/2014, 11:23 AM)

Students, as you throw your weight into these worthwhile and enjoyable competitions, keep a view toward how we allow corrosion of capital assets, especially long life public assets such as bridges, or high readiness assets such as military equipment, to progress so far? Your scientific and engineering contributions now and ahead can serve best when included in well made models - spreadsheets, basically - containing variables that reflect the inputs and outcomes that you demonstrate now and up ahead. Costs, times, risks, contingencies... all need to figure in as variables so that engineering and facility managers can realize optimal amounts to spend on projects and ongoing maintenance, and present effectively before senior managers and officials. Moreover, widely available software tool sets permit convenient simulation of costs and schedules, even in the presence of random behavior of multiple variables - the "real world" cases. These capabilities help with deciding where and when to spend. Thus greater value derived from your contributions, and resource freed up for continuous improvement on your methods in the years ahead. Best wishes to you and a hearty thanks to your sponsors.

Comment from Robert Bullard, (10/11/2014, 11:05 AM)

You can pick just about any steel bridge more than 50 years old over salt water or where salt is used as a roadway treatment in the winter and get a good video. Unless it has been replaced in the last 20 years, a Fall evening stroll in and around the Winchester Road (Hwy 340) bridge over the Shenandoah in Front Royal, VA revealed that the bridge would be replete with video opportunity.

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