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Coatings Guide for Nuke Sites

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Coatings and corrosion expert Jon Cavallo provides the latest insights in corrosion protection for the nuclear power industry in Corrosion Control Guide for Exterior Surfaces of Nuclear Power Plants, a new book from NACE International.

Coatings and corrosion in nuclear plants were "ignored by the industry" until a series of dangerous incidents in Sweden and the U.S. in the 1990s delivered a wake-up call, Cavallo says.

Today the industry has matured, he adds.

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Corrosion Control Guide for Exterior Surfaces of Nuclear Power Plants is described as a desk reference for nuclear plant coating specialists covering the historical and programmatic aspects of nuclear plant coatings.

“We know a lot more about how coatings behave in both normal and accident conditions,” Cavallo says. “It’s an industry that’s really bloomed in just the last 20 years."

Reference Manual for Coating Specialists

In the book, Cavallo introduces readers to the types of exterior surface coatings and cathodic protection systems found in nuclear power plant structures, systems and components during plant construction and maintenance phases.

The reference manual provides guidance on the selection and evaluation of these systems and protective coating options, while also covering the historical and programmatic aspects of nuclear plant coatings.

Additional topics include risk assessment, condition assessment and corrective actions, among others.

The book is targeted at nuclear plant coating specialists employed at electric utilities, engineering firms and coatings manufacturers, the association says.

Corrosion Control Guide for Exterior Surfaces of Nuclear Power Plants is available for $95 ($71.25 for members of NACE International), and is also available as a downloadable e-book for Kindle.

About the Author

Cavallo is vice president of Underwater Engineering Services Inc.

He is also a Certified Nuclear Coatings Engineer of the National Board of Registration for Nuclear Safety Related Coating Engineers and Specialists, a Senior Nuclear Coatings Specialist of Board of Registration of Nuclear Coatings Specialists (BIRNCS) and a NACE International CIP Level 3 Inspector with Nuclear Facilities Endorsement.

In addition to numerous other industry roles, Cavallo was elected president of the Board of International Registration for Nuclear Coatings Specialists (BIRNCS) in 2009. He also served as Chairman of the Industry Coating Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT) Panel reviewing the work of Savannah River Technical Center on the USNRC Containment Coatings Research Project (Generic Safety Issue -191).

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Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Coating Materials; Coating selection; Coatings Technology; Condition assessment; Corrosion control coatings; Corrosion protection; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Maintenance coating work; Maintenance programs; NACE; North America; Nuclear Power Plants; Power Plants

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