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Array of Information Offered at Corrosion 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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This year's NACE International Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo took place in New Orleans from March 26-30 and featured a robust lineup of technical and research sessions, as well as informal forums and presentations, for coatings and corrosion-control specialists.

Technical and Research Symposia

A morning full of technical presentations under the “Offshore Coating Technology” category highlighted the conference’s first full day. James Ellor and Patrick Cassidy of Elzly Technology Corporation, along with James Martin, James Tagert, Jehn Wegand and Paul Slebodnick of the U.S. Naval Research Lab, discussed corrosion inspection techniques and testing results for marine structures in their presentation, “Evaluating Corrosion Under Protective Coatings for Steel in Marine Environments.” Michael Yee and Richard Taraborelli of RT Consultants also offered some dos and don’ts for offshore coating owners, specifiers, applicators and inspectors in “Lessons Learned from Offshore Coating Programs.”

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NACE International's Corrosion 2017 included a robust lineup of technical and research sessions, as well as informal forums and presentations, for coatings and corrosion-control specialists.

In the “Coatings and Inhibitors” session, researchers from different fields of study discussed technological advances in topics ranging from adhesion testing to conversion coatings to inhibitors for protecting reinforced concrete. Many of these Research in Progress (RIP) sessions were based on ongoing projects, so while some conclusions cold be drawn and shared, some interesting questions for consideration remained.

Performance of Three Types of Coatings in a Simulated Corrosion Under Insulation Environment,” presented by Junki Miyashita of JGC Corporation, evaluated different coatings systems’ performances in CUI situations. Using the vertical pipe test method with water-absorbable thermal insulation and exposure to the most severe CUI condition, Miyashita determined that thermal spray aluminum (TSA) and heat-resistant epoxy systems performed better than inorganic copolymer (ICM) systems tested.

In order to help facility owners make decisions regarding protective coatings and maintenance costs, researcher Bobbi Jo Merten and economist Todd Gaston of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation presented “Developing a Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Framework to Evaluate the Cost-Effectiveness of Hydroelectric Penstock Corrosion Control,” which outlined a detailed equation for how the USBR funds protection of its assets from corrosion over their expected life cycles. In the Q-and-A session following the presentation, individuals from a number of other industry sectors were curious as to how this type of cost analysis could be translated to their assets.

Corrosive Chronicles

Held on the exhibit hall floor, the Corrosive Chronicles Theater comprised lively presentations and discussions on a number of subjects related to protective coatings and other corrosion-control topics.

The final day of technical sessions included Carl Reed of CCC&L’s presentation, “Coatings Cracking in Water Ballast Tanks: A Different Look,” which provided failure analysis and tips for both avoiding new and mitigating existing cracked coatings in marine ballast tanks. The “Nanotechnology and Corrosion” session also highlighted new developments in nanocoating technology for protection, including graphene nanofillers for polyurethanes and silicon-based CVD coatings.

Corrosive Chronicles and Other Forums

Corrosion 2017 offered attendees a number of informational sessions outside of the formal technical session format.

Mike O’Brien of MARK 10 Resource Group led an extensive, open-forum discussion on “How To Avoid Premature Coating Failures.” Similar to his presentation at SSPC 2017, O’Brien used dozens of case histories from an array of different industry sectors, analyzing the root cause of each failure and explaining exactly how to avoid them. Attendees were given printed worksheets to follow along and were encouraged to take notes and ask questions.

Held on the exhibit hall floor, the Corrosive Chronicles Theater comprised lively presentations and discussions on a number of subjects related to protective coatings and other corrosion-control topics. “Coatings 101: An Introduction to Coatings & Coating Technology” featured several short talks from different coatings professionals relaying useful information for both the beginner and the advanced. In “Delivering the Promise,” Trevor Neale of T.F. Warren gave tips for navigating the intricacies of planning a coatings project and making sure all parties involved end up satisfied. Sarah Olthof of GPI Laboratories Inc., guided attendees in selecting the right coatings for the right project in “Developing a Qualified Projects List,” while Steve Harrison of Carboline crunched the numbers and gave real-world-based financial advice in “The True Cost of Coatings.”

Other sessions that took place during the Corrosive Chronicles included the “Proper Use of Coatings Inspection Instruments and Standards,” by Matt Fajt of KTA-Tator Inc. This hands on demonstration instructed attendees on how to use the actual instruments, perform the tests and use current standards to evaluate the results. In “Thermal Spray Coatings,” consultant James K. Weber discussed the history of thermal spray technology, outlined its most developments and presented case histories from an array of industrial applications.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Coatings education; Conferences; Education; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; NACE; North America; Program/Project Management

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