The increasingly popular Cathodic Protection (CP) Field training exhibit created by NACE International is again available for visitors to get an up-close experience in CP. During the conference this week, visitors can try their hand in the CP Field by conducting field experiments, testing the most up-to-date equipment, and discussing the concepts and science of CP with a team of NACE CP instructors and experts. Many of this year’s instructors will be bilingual to assist a wider range of guests who wish to participate and learn about CP first hand.
This 30 by 50 ft. (9 by 15 m) indoor “pipe field” allows novices and intermediate participants to gain hands-on experience with galvanically protected and impressed current CP systems, CP interference problems, road casing failures, isolation joint failures, pipe location techniques, soil resistivity experiments, and experiments that demonstrate basic corrosion cell concepts, soil polarization, electrical potentials of various metals, and structure-to-electrolyte measurements.
This year’s CP Field also features hands-on demonstrations of NACE International’s Virtual Test Stations (VTS) for computer-based practical CP Field testing. These software-driven field experiments are now available online from NACE and have already been employed in a variety of classroom and distance-learning scenarios. The VTS modules are some of the most up-to-date tools for organizations to use to train field technicians and for students to utilize in preparation for NACE’s CP curriculum.
The CP Field is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.