Cathodic Protection

Fundamentals of Rectifier Operation, Monitoring, and Maintenance

Cathodic protection (CP) is an important component for the sustainability of many metal structures. The most common impressed current voltage sources are rectifiers, which can break down. Well-maintained rectifiers can provide uninterrupted CP, which reduces repair costs and labor/technician time.

Corrosion Basics: Close-Interval Potential Surveys

The principle of a close-interval potential survey is to record the pipe-to-soil potential profile of a pipeline over its entire length by measuring potentials at intervals that do not significantly exceed the depth of the pipe.

NACE Technical Committees—Volunteering Has Its Rewards

Want to know how you can become more active in NACE? There are many opportunities for NACE members to volunteer, and the technical committees offer many benefits such as having an impact on industry standards, developing a network of peers, and enhancing your career.

IMPACT Study to Provide Tools for Corrosion Management

NACE International’s International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion (IMPACT) study is nearing completion and will be released in March 2016. A segment of the report focuses on the Corrosion Management System Framework and how a company can incorporate one into its own program.

Lack of Basic Corrosion Control Results in Catastrophes

Safety, function, and service life should be a part of every project. To address these parameters, consideration must be given to design, choice of materials, construction methods, active and passive surface protection, and other parameters.

Corrosion Effects on the Durability of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Several myths concerning the cause of reinforced concrete deterioration prevailed in the mid-20th century, but steel corrosion is by far the biggest durability issue for reinforced concrete structures.

Dynamic Pulsed Eddy Current Inline Inspection Technology Assesses Unpiggable Pipelines

To assess internal and external corrosion in piping configurations that are unpiggable or difficult to assess, a novel dynamic pulsed eddy current technology integrated with a robotic inline inspection tool was developed that is capable of internally inspecting metallic pipes.

Deep Anode Bed in a Flowing Artesian Aquifer

In April 2013, the Las Vegas Valley Water District attempted to install a 500-ft (152-m) deep anode bed for an impressed current cathodic protection system. Before the anodes could be installed, ground water began flowing out of the top of the hole at ~50 gal/min (189 L/m).

NACE International’s Annual Corrosion Career Survey Results for 2015

Corrosion professionals in North America and Europe have experienced another year of continued growth in career opportunities and salary levels, according to the 2015 Corrosion Career Survey conducted by Materials Performance magazine.

Wanted: Technical Articles for MP

To successfully communicate the wide variety of corrosion-related issues affecting corrosion professionals today, MP is actively encouraging corrosion control professionals worldwide to submit technical articles to share their corrosion-related experiences with over 36,000 NACE International members around the globe.

Cathodic Protection for Water Mains in a High-Consequence Transit Corridor

To protect pipelines in a transit corridor where they crossed underneath the light-rail tracks, construction of the line included retrofitting the pipelines with a precast concrete box culvert casing and installing an impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) system.

Designing an ICCP System for the Hull of an Arctic Ice-Breaking Vessel

For many decades the maritime industry has depended on icebreaker ships to forge a path through ice-covered waters so other ships can safely navigate the trade routes in the polar regions of the world. The effects of breaking ice can be extremely destructive to the steel hull of an ice-breaking vessel. Ice abrasion can damage the external hull’s protective coating, which leads to exposure of bare steel and rapid corrosion. To protect the hulls of these ships from corrosion, a combination of protective coatings and impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) is often used.

Longevity of a Graphitized Cast Iron Water Main

Graphitization is a corrosion phenomenon associated with grey cast iron. This material consists essentially of flakes of graphite in an iron matrix. The iron constituent corrodes out because of the same multitude of corrosion reactions that affect ferrous metals, leaving behind the graphite and some corrosion products.

Using Impressed Current Cathodic Protection in Urban Areas

There are times when it is necessary to use impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) in urban areas, in spite of concerns about extensive interference. This article describes three ICCP systems that can be used safely in urban environments. They are distributed anode (parallel) groundbeds, deep anode groundbeds, and low-output surface groundbeds.

I Told You So

Cathodic protection expert John Fitzgerald uses an experience early in his career to illustrate the consequences of not heeding the advice of corrosion professionals when designing and implementing corrosion control systems—many times because of reluctance to bear the expense. Cutting corners to save money up front can lead to unexpected failures and expensive repair and replacement in the future.