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NACE Corrosion 2018 Underway

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Corrosion 2018, this year’s conference and expo presented by NACE International, is underway in Phoenix, with plenty of coatings-related technical sessions and a slate of awards presented to longtime experts in the field of corrosion control and prevention.

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NACE Corrosion 2018 is underway at Phoenix Convention Center, continuing through Thursday with technical symposia, exhibits, talks and awards.

The Corrosion 2018 plenary lecture was delivered Monday (April 16) by Peter L. Andresen, FNACE, on the topic of the history of environmental cracking. Tuesday morning will bring the keynote session, by Mike Abrashoff—a former Navy commander and expert on management techniques—and the Willis Rodney Whitney Award Lecture, by Srdjan Nesic, FNACE, who will address corrosion of mild steel in CO2 and H2S aqueous environments.

Wednesday’s Frank Newman Speller Award Lecture will be presented by Bob Tapping, speaking on corrosion in nuclear power plants.


Awards to be presented Wednesday at the Corrosion 2018 Awards Dinner include:

  • The R.A. Brannon Award, honoring a NACE International member for their service to NACE and the improvements they have brought to the organization, given this year to Aida Lopez-Garrity;
  • The A.B. Campbell Award, recognizing the best paper by a young author in Materials Performance or CORROSION in the past year, given this year to Liu Cao for “Localized Corrosion of Corrosion Resistant Alloys in H2S-Containing Environments”;
  • The CORROSION Best Paper Award, given to Michael Henthorne for “The Slow Strain Rate Stress Corrosion Cracking Test—a 50 Year Retrospective”;
  • The T.J. Hull Award, honoring outstanding contributions to NACE in the form of publications, awarded to John Scully, FNACE;
  • The F.N. Speller Award, honoring Bob Tapping for significant contributions to the field of corrosion engineering;
  • The H.H. Uhlig Award, in recognition of outstanding post-secondary corrosion education, given to Homero Castaneda-Lopez;
  • The W.R. Whitney Award, for significant contributions in corrosion science, awarded to Srdjan Nesic, FNACE; and
  • The NACE Presidential Achievement Award, for meritorious work improving the competitive standing of NACE, awarded to Ashutosh Karnatak for his support of NACE, especially in India.

Also honored will be the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations and the Libyan Corrosion Society, given the Distinguished Organization Award, and Debbie Goodwin and Andy Nydam, sharing the NACE Foundation Founders Award.

The NACE Fellowship will be conferred upon 10 members this year; five individuals will receive Technical Achievement Awards; and 25 members will be recognized for 50-year membership.


Coatings-related symposia on the technical program for the remainder of the conference include:

Oil and Gas Coating Technology, a two-day session Tuesday and Wednesday including eight technical papers;

Soluble Salt Limits Based on Service Environment, at 1 p.m. Tuesday;

Corrosion Solutions for Chemical and Mineral Processing with Polymer-Based Materials, taking place Wednesday morning; and

Coatings and Linings, Protective: Atmospheric, Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

A full list of sessions is available at the conference website.

When the conference comes to a close Thursday, new NACE officers for the year will take their positions. Jeffrey L. Didas of MATCOR will be the new NACE president, taking over for Samir Degan of Osnar Paints & Contracts, who will become Past President. 


Tagged categories: AF; AS; Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; Conferences; Corrosion; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Latin America; NA; NACE; North America; OC; Program/Project Management; SA

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