Corrosion prevention – Addressing deterioration metal

Corrosion prevention – Addressing deterioration of metal

6:15 AM, 7th April 2018
Editorial of Chemical Today magazine, April 2018
Editorial of Chemical Today magazine.

While looking at products the first thing that meets our eye is the coating. Without the coatings, most of the products would not be saleable and the product lives could be shortened significantly. Coatings are mostly used for two functions – decorative and protective, which have major economic implications.

Of the global coatings market, nearly 45 percent are used to decorate and protect new construction as well as to maintain existing structures, while 40 percent are used to decorate and/or protect industrial products.

One of the major problem to be solved by the coatings industry is the issue of Corrosion. At one point or another, all companies face the issue of corrosion. Rust in the plant equipment, vehicles, corrosion in the pipes, browning of the buildings is all a very familiar sight be it a plant or a home. Corrosion if not addressed in the early stages can lead to high replacement costs, loss of production and safety issues. Presently, the global cost of corrosion is $2.5 trillion, equivalent to 3.4 percent of the global GDP.

There are many technologies that help in monitoring corrosion and preventing it in the long run. One of them is the use of anti-corrosion coatings for the industry, which are now on the rise. Glance through the various aspects, trends and technologies in the corrosion industry as we focus on the segment in detail.

Considering the protective coatings segment, one cannot ignore the use of pipelines for the oil & gas industry, refineries, petrochemical, power and fertilizer plants. Since pipelines have become crucial for the industry, utmost care needs to be ensured during designing, commissioning and operations.

These pipelines are prone to both internal and external corrosion. To make the pipelines safe, metallurgy of steel, design of pipelines, internal flow characteristics of the fluid, health monitoring, maintenance, corrosion management and pipeline integrity, are involved.

Corrosion management for pipelines and many other topics will be discussed at the Corrosion Technology Forum 2018, organized by and The Society for Surface Protective Coatings - India (SSPC). The Corrosion Technology Forum 2018 will also focus on other sectors such as automotive, aerospace, construction & infrastructure, power & chemical plants among others.

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