New Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP)

New Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP)

The new organisation, the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), was formed by the merger between NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, and aims to provide a unified voice for the corrosion control and protective coatings industries.

AMPP consists of two governance structure; AMPP, which will provide services to members in the areas of certification, accreditation, membership, advocacy and public affairs, and AMPP Global Center, which will focus on standards, technical and research activities, conferences, events, education, training, publications and pre-professional programming. The CEO of the new organisation is Bob Chalker, previously CEO of NACE.

ICorr awards – call for nominations

Each year the Institute of Corrosion bestows a range of internationally-renowned awards in recognition of excellence in corrosion science and engineering, and to reward outstanding service to the Institute and the wider corrosion community. Many of these awards are open to nomination by both members and non-members of the Institute. Below is a brief description of each award together with details of how to nominate potential candidates.

U.R. Evans Award
The U.R. Evans Award is the premier scientific award of the Institute of Corrosion and is presented annually for outstanding international achievements in pure or applied corrosion science. The recipient is selected by a Corrosion Science Division panel and presented with a sword at the annual Corrosion Science Symposium. The symposium is one which seeks to encourage the participation of the junior members of the corrosion community who would appreciate the visit of, and address by, a corrosion scientist of international repute. The form of the award symbolises the fight in which we are all engaged. The recipient is also granted Honorary Life Fellowship of the Institute. Nominations may be submitted at any time via email to the CSD Chair, Julian Wharton (

Paul McIntyre Award
The Paul McIntyre Award is presented to a senior corrosion engineer, who, as well as being a leading practitioner in his field, has advanced European collaboration and international standards development. The award consists of an engraved trophy, which is presented at the annual CED Working Day meeting. The recipient is requested to present a brief overview of their activities and encouraged to prepare an article for publication in Corrosion Management. Nominations should be submitted to the CED Chair, Nick Smart (, by 12th March 2021.

T.P. Hoar Award
The T.P. Hoar Award is presented to the author(s) of the best paper published in the scientific journal Corrosion Science during the previous calendar year. The winning paper is selected by a sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division and the author(s) receive a certificate and a cash sum of £400.
The winning paper in 2020, from papers published in 2019, was authored by Rigel Hanbury and Gary Was (University of Michigan), for their paper entitled ‘Oxide growth and dissolution on 316L stainless steel during irradiation in high temperature water’ (Corros. Sci. 157 (2019) 305-311 – The paper elegantly describes a novel approach using a helium bubble marker layer to study 316L oxide growth and dissolution under simultaneous proton radiation and corrosion in 320°C hydrogenated water. Helium implantation was chosen since it is chemically inert and compared to heavier noble gases it generates fewer radiation defects and has a greater implantation range.

Galloway Award
The Galloway Award is presented to a student author for the best publication describing original research in corrosion science and engineering as judged by a sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division. The student should be the primary author of the work and preferably first author. A summary of the winning paper is published in Corrosion Management and the prize consists of a certificate and a cash sum of £300. The Institute does not retain copyright of the material, so this does not prevent separate publication of the work in a scientific journal. Submissions (in the form of a paper published within the past 12 months, or a draft publication) may be sent via email at any time to the CSD Chair, Julian Wharton ( Supervisors may also nominate students.
In 2020, the Galloway Prize recipient was Arpit Goyal (Coventry University) for his paper published in Construction and Building Materials journal entitled ‘Predicting the corrosion rate of steel in cathodically protected concrete using potential shift’ ( The paper examined the possibility of predicting the corrosion rates using polarisation data and the Butler-Volmer equation to develop cathodic protection criterion for reinforced concrete exposed to the atmosphere.

Lionel Shreir Award
The Lionel Shreir Award is given to the best student presenter at the annual Corrosion Science Symposium. Selection of the recipient is carried out by a sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division. The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize of £125.

The Shreir award in 2020 was presented to Christos Kousis (University of Manchester) for his presentation entitled ‘An investigation of the effect of chloride ion concentration on the localised corrosion of the E717 magnesium alloy’. Christos gave an insightful talk on using the in situ scanning vibrating electrode technique, coupled with time-lapse imaging, to study magnesium corrosion behaviour.

For further details on the Institute awards, including lists of past recipients, please visit

Young ICorr Look to the Future

Young ICorr Look to the Future

In December, Young ICorr looked to the future with a festive spirit. Dr Bijan Kermani presented “Challenges and Future of the Discipline” expressing a positive outlook for the energy sector and how our niche sector of materials and corrosion will be vital in supporting a sustainable future. A key theme of Dr Kermani’s address was how we will inevitably rely on both innovation of materials and integrity management technologies, but also how we must maximise the economy and use of more common materials, such as carbon steel. It is a combination of the things that we have learned, and have yet to learn, that will shape the future of energy.

Taking advantage of the online forum, the talk was widely attended with participants from across the world. As it was Christmas, what better way to celebrate than with a Corrosion festive quiz with questions including the RAL number for Christmas Red? How small is the world’s smallest Christmas card? And what metal was tinsel first made from? Congratulation to the winners: team Dr Magnetite!

London Branch

The first technical presentation of 2021 was held on 7th January, and featured an on-line talk by Dr Jeff Rogozinski of Sherwin-Williams, who discussed an advanced FBE (fusion bonded epoxy) technology called Moisture Resistant Overcoat (MRO). Jeffrey has over 29 years of coatings experience and is a Global Product Director in Sherwin Williams Protective & Marine Coatings division. He has been with Sherwin Williams for 10 years and held previous positions in protective coatings and powder coatings, resin and additive development for coatings science with an emphasis on polymer synthesis and structure-property characterisation, as well as multiple academic positions.

More than 50 members, from around the UK and further afield (including one from South Africa) heard a very interesting talk from an expert in pipeline coatings. Jeff explained that this new concept is quickly gaining traction with end users all over the world. It combines the protective properties of a traditional, approximately 40-year old technology designed for pipelines operating at high temperatures, with an advanced abrasion resistant coating, ARO (abrasion resistant overcoat) with enhanced barrier properties coupled with flexibility characteristics typically associated with a single layer FBE system. Jeff fully described the properties of the new technology, application characteristics, and performance with emphasis on resistance to damage and more. Demonstrations of field testing these properties were also shown.

As there was a high presence of pipeline protection experts within the audience, there was a very interactive Q&A session. The chair thanked Jeff for his interesting presentation and for standing in at short notice.

It is intended to publish a detailed article on this technology in a future issue of Corrosion Management.

The presentation has been uploaded to the Institute website and can be accessed at

The March meeting will be the branch AGM and the “Presidents” talk. Full details of future branch events can be found on the diary page of the magazine, and on the Institute website.

Coating Survey Training – World-Class Course Is a World First

Coating Survey Training – World-Class Course Is a World First

The What and How of the Ground-Breaking Coating Survey Course

Up to now, there has been no coatung survey training available anywhere in the world specific to improving the provision and competency of coating condition surveys. Here at the Institute of Corrosion, we’re happy to say this has changed, with the arrival of a world first – the Coating Survey Course endorsed by ICorr and accredited by Lloyd’s Register and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Such an important addition to any industry – especially an addition that promises to revolutionise standards and improve health, safety, and cost-effectiveness across multiple industries and their infrastructure – deserves a proper introduction.

Why Is Coating Survey Training Needed?

A coating survey is crucial in the maintenance cycle of structures that benefit from coating systems. When it is properly planned and conducted, a coating condition survey helps to maximise the protection offered by coating systems. This is integral to ensure that safety hazards and operational interruptions are avoided.

Because of the critical nature of a coating survey, it should be conducted only by those who can assess circumstances competently. They will need to draw sound conclusions about the condition of the existing coating and how best to manage coating systems going forward.

Corrodere’s Coating Survey Course satisfies the need to ensure that those conducting coating surveys are suitably qualified and have the knowledge and expertise to carry out costing surveys from basic walk-throughs to the most comprehensive coating condition surveys.

Written by experts with impeccable credentials

The first thing to note about this course is that it is authored by experts in the industry: Brendan Fitzsimmons and Trevor Parry.

Brendan is a Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion, a Chartered Scientist, and has a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering. He is also a NACE Corrosion Specialist, Coating Inspector, Protective Coatings Specialist, and Peer Reviewer.

Trevor is a Professional Member of the Institute of Corrosion, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a member of NACE, and an expert on ISO committees.

Between them, Brendan and Trevor have authored many publications and papers within their fields, perhaps most notably Brendan’s authorship of Fitz’s Atlas and Fitz’s Atlas 2.

Development of the Coating Survey Course has also benefitted from the input of major paint manufacturers.

Who should attend this course?

Developed in response to industry needs, if your responsibilities and duties include inspecting or surveying coating systems you will benefit from this formal training and qualification. You’ll benefit from completing this course if you currently perform any of the following roles:

  • Coating Surveyors
  • Coating Inspectors
  • Coating Engineers
  • Material Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Insurance Personnel
  • Plant Managers
  • Asset Integrity Personnel
  • Corrosion Engineers
  • Asset Owners
  • Marine Engineers
  • Ship Surveyors

How is the course structured?

The Coatings Course is delivered online by way of 24 hours of training divided into easy-to-manage units. These modules walk you through all the knowledge areas needed, covering:

  • Coating Surveys
  • Estimation of Percentages
  • European Scale of Degree of Rusting of Anticorrosive Paints
  • Common Defects
  • Marine Fouling
  • Dry Film Thickness Surveys
  • Passive Fire Protection
  • Adhesion Testing
  • Holiday Detection
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Standard Test Methods, Field Tests and Laboratory Analysis
  • Photography, Documentation and Reporting
  • Paint Testing, Paint Constituents and Paint Chemistry

The online delivery of course materials and training make it easy to complete the course in your own time and a learning pattern that suits you. The course materials will be available to complete over a 12-month period after registration.

The culmination of the training is an online assessment and final exam. The exam is a multiple-choice-style exam with a pass mark of 70%.

Those who successfully complete the course receive the Certificate of Achievement in Coating Surveys accredited by Lloyds’ Register and the Royal Society of Chemistry, endorsed by the Institute of Corrosion.

Do you qualify for this course?

There are two levels of certification available, and which you can achieve depends on your route onto the course.

Level 1:

You don’t need any formal qualifications within the coatings industry to register for Level 1 of the Coating Survey Training Course. You won’t be required to sit the final examination, but will need to successfully complete the online assessments during the course.

Upon successful completion you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Level 2:

Those who complete Level 2, including passing the exam and online assessment, will be rewarded with full certification and a wallet card valid for four years. To register for this level of qualification you will need to meet one of the following entry criteria:

  • Qualified Coatings Inspector (ICorr Level 2, NACE Level 2, SSPC Level 2, FROSIO Level 2)
  • Paint Chemist with field experience
  • Coating Engineer with field experience

If you are a coating surveyor without formal qualification in coating inspection, you can still take the Level 2 qualification providing you can demonstrate a minimum of five years’ experience as a coating surveyor and provide two employer references.

Why you should take this course

This course, and the qualification it offers, will demonstrate your proficiency in coating surveys. It provides evidence that you conduct and report in-depth coating surveys and that your expertise will:

  • Help asset owners accurately plan future works
  • Help asset owners accurately target and plan funding for future works
  • Assist with paint guarantees, warranties, and disputes

Many industries require the experience and expertise of qualified coating surveyors. These industries include:

  • Road
  • Rail
  • Marine and Offshore
  • Nuclear
  • Petrochemical
  • Oil and Gas
  • Construction

At a time when all industries are becoming more highly regulated, with a growing need for asset owners to reduce costs and improve their health and safety, the knowledge that this course provides – including across standards NORSOK 501, ISO 12944, and ISO 4628 – is likely to become invaluable to all those who perform coating surveys and the companies that require them.

This training is currently not available anywhere else in the world. To find out more, you should contact Corrodere. Alternatively, email the admin team at the Institute of Corrosion who will be happy to help.