March 25, 2019
By Anthony Punt, NACE Editorial Assistant, Publications
Currently there is no single, universally accepted International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) test method for qualifying coatings for corrosion under insulation (CUI). In an effort to resolve this problem, CORROSION 2019 hosted a forum that explored one accelerated testing regimen for qualifying a costing system.
The forum, entitled “Corrosion Under Insulation Management: Accelerated Testing and Practical Solutions,” was held on Monday, March 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. local time. Held in Room 201A of the Nashville Music City Center, the forum was moderated by David Hunter (Pond & Co.) and Dikran Betzig (PPG).
Both Hunter and Betzig delivered presentations on examining CUI issues in the field and determining possible solutions. “The most Googled corrosion problem is corrosion under insulation. The fact that so many people attended today’s event is a testament to the widespread interest in this subject,” said Hunter.
The forum offered real-world CUI investigation issues, along with practical solutions for solving them. In addition, the presenters discussed methods of investigation and used risk-based methods for dealing with large areas where visual inspection becomes cost prohibitive.
Back by popular demand is the Cathodic Protection Field,open during exhibit hours on the show floor beginning Monday evening at the Expo opening. Visitors will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on activities based on actual cathodic protection (CP) systems. They will learn from industry experts who will be available to answer questions and discuss CP situations you may have.
2019’s Plenary Lecturer, Digby D. Macdonald, kicked off Tuesday, discussing the initiation of pitting corrosion and the capabilities to accurately predict passivity breakdown.
Even the foremost corrosion control experts of today had to start somewhere in learning about their chosen field. With that in mind, the NACE Foundation hosted a mini-camp for high school students in the Nashville,Tennessee area to increase their knowledge and awareness of corrosion-based topics.