NACE Honors Mudali with Speller Award

March 28, 2019

By Sammy Miles, Managing Editor in Chief, CORROSION journal

The 2019 Frank N. Speller Award was presented to Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali. This award has been presented annually in recognition of his significant contributions to corrosion engineering since 1947. The Chairman & Chief Executive with Heavy Water Board in Mumbai, India and author of over 440 papers, Mudali gave a presentation on Wednesday in recognition of the award.

Mudali started by telling attendees about Speller’s career. He then shared a bit about his own background, including his education and an overview of his education 34-year career in the nuclear industry, highlighting the different facets of his work.

Mudali stated that India will be commissioning a reactor later in 2019 with design input from a 30-year operation of a fast breeder test reactor. He talked about corrosion management of fast breeder reactors and reprocessing plants. He discussed the various kinds of corrosion they faced, including pitting,hydrogen embrittlement, stress corrosion cracking, crevice corrosion, and galvanic corrosion. Mudali also talked about ways to design alloys to minimize localized corrosion. He stressed that corrosion management was an important task.

The 72nd recipient of the Speller Award engaged the audience throughout his presentation.

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