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.
On behalf of NACE International’s leadership and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Nashville and CORROSION 2019. We are proud to be hosting the world’s largest corrosion control event and hope you will take advantage of the numerous opportunities to learn, network, and do business while you’re here.
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