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Corrosion Confab: Science, Solutions

Monday, February 16, 2015

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Corrosion is an equal-opportunity scourge that rains about $500 billion of damage a year onto thousands of structures, from circuit boards to condos to cooling towers.

The good news, say experts: The fundamental corrosion mechanisms are identical, so solutions can be shared across structures.

That's the theory behind Engineered Corrosion Solutions 2015, the second annual Chicago-area conference focused on facility owners who must deal with corrosion challenges.

Photos: ECS 2015

Whatever its appearance or location, corrosion has identical mechanisms, suggesting shared solutions, says ECS 2015 organizer Warren Brand.

"Corrosion is fundamental to virtually every industry, facility and building," say organizers of this year's conference, set for April 8-9 in Elk Grove Village, IL.

The Basics and Beyond

Presentations at the show April 8-9 will cover a wide range of corrosion issues, from basic theory to prevention, inspection, maintenance and repair technologies.

The focus is on "understanding corrosion and erosion on a practical, technical and fundamental level," organizers say.

The conference is organized by Warren Brand, principal of the Chicago Coatings Group LLC. Brand, an industry veteran who writes the "Coatings Consult" blog on, says he has found a "void" of information about corrosion in the Midwest.


Aimed at facility owners, the presentations will range from basic corrosion theory to advanced remediation technology. PPG will be among the returning exhibitors from the 2014 show (pictured).

He also sees a need to focus on the science of corrosion, regardless of whether the affected structure is commercial or industrial.

"[W]e designed this conference to be relevant for everyone: for industry, commercial properties, municipalities, museums, zoos, bridges, nuclear—really, anyone who struggles with degradation of assets through corrosion and erosion,” he said.

CEUs and Exhibitors

The show launched last year as a one-day event. This year, it will be two days, with Continuing Education Units available for all corrosion presentations. The fee is $85 for both days.

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Presenters at the second annual Engineered Corrosion Solutions conference in April include (from left) David Beamish, of DeFelsko; consultant Monica Chauviere; and Dudley Primeaux, of Versaflex.

Two dozen exhibitors include coatings, climate control and instrument companies; SSPC; and the University of Akron's National Center for Education & Research on Corrosion & Materials Performance.

Technical Lineup

The current lineup of speakers and presentations includes:

  • "Developments in Inspection Instrumentation and Paperless QA," by David Beamish of DeFelsko Corp.;
  • "Protecting Concrete with Polymers," by Dudley Primeaux of Versaflex Inc.
  • "Chlorides," by Steve Green of Dehumidification Technologies;
  • "Dehumidification Issues," by Dean Popish of Renewal Compounds;
  • "Calculating the Overall Cost of Corrosion," by Kevin Hoheisel of International Paint LLC;
  • "Basic Corrosion Theory," by Wayne Senick of Termarust Technologies;
  • "Galvanize Your Steel for Corrosion Protection," by Monica Chauviere of Monicorr; and
  • "Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI), by SSPC.

Brand considers the conference focus unique.

“Corrosion is a highly complex process with a variety of solutions," he said. "I’ve always been amazed and frustrated at how much money is wasted on less-than-optimal solutions and poor application protocols.”

For more information, visit ECS 2015.


Tagged categories: Conferences; Corrosion protection; Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI); DeFelsko; Galvanized/thermal spray coatings; North America; Program/Project Management; Protective Coatings; SSPC; Versaflex; Warren Brand

Comment from Warren Brand, (2/18/2015, 2:44 PM)

Thank you very much to Paintsquare for this post and support. And thanks to all participants last year and this year. If anyone has any specific questions, comments or suggestions about the conference, please contact me directly.

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