ICATS News

We are pleased to announce the updated ICATS website has been launched. The address remains the same, http://www.icats-training.org/, but it is more user friendly and works much better with phones and tablets.

As you will be aware ICorr has moved to new offices at Corrosion House, 5 St Peters Gardens, Marefair, Northampton, NN1 1SX.  This new facility includes state of the art training facilities where most of our courses will now be presented.

As previously announced, ICATS has also introducing the new ICATS Managers/Engineers Industrial Coating Awareness course. This is a structured training module for managers, engineers, specifiers, and anyone that would benefit from an understanding of coating application.

The module covers:

  • Health and Safety in industrial painting
  • Preparation standards
  • Blasting and abrasives
  • Mechanical and manual preparation
  • Other surface preparation methods
  • Painting specification
  • Toolbox talks
  • Paint technology
  • Galvanic series
  • Convertible and non-convertible Coatings
  • Over-painting existing paint systems
  • Paint manufacturers
  • Paint failures
  • QC and QA

The Industrial Coating Applicator (ICA) faces many issues within industrial coatings, and it is recognised that this role can be misunderstood, leading to a potentially dangerous situation, or misinterpretation, and an expectation of what can or can’t be achieved.

These are one-day classroom-based presentations, and the first one is planned for 4th July in Northampton.

The next Supervisor course will be on 2nd and 3rd July, and will also be held in Northampton. Please contact the office, correx@icorr.org, phone 01604 438222, or check the ICATS website http://www.icats-training.org/ for dates and details of all courses.

Launch of new Passive Fire Protection Course

ICorr/IMechE has entered into an agreement with PFPNet, the industry body for Hydrocarbon Fire Protection, with a member base of owners/operators, major applicators, and the engineering community, to develop a PFP training course, the contents of which will be developed by PFPNet, working with ICorr, and will be delivered by IMechE, with the first module is planned to be delivered by the end
of this year.

This first course is intended for owners’ inspectors, who are required to inspect PFP coatings, but in addition, other courses are planned, which will include module planned to be delivered for other types of PFP systems, as well as other disciplines within the PFP industry, for example, modules that will supplement professional engineering qualifications, and improve understanding about how PFP should be engineered, specified and installed.

Training will be provided by qualified individuals, and an important part of the overall programme is accreditation of the course, along with qualification of the individuals who successfully complete the training.

A PFPNet conference is planned to be held in Manchester on 5th and 6th June, and there will be a presentation about this new course from IMechE.

The President Writes ….

The President Writes ….

Welcome to the latest edition of Corrosion Management. I have had a lot of positive feedback on the magazine from members recently, particularly regarding the quality of the technical articles, so congratulations to our Editor Brian Goldie on the improvements he has been making. He assures me there is more to come!

This is an exciting time for the Institute, with the recent move to the new Corrosion House at 5 St Peters Gardens in Northampton. Our dedicated office team of Denise, Gwynneth and Sue are now safely installed in the building and the final touches are being made to the furnishings under the watchful eye of Trevor Osborne. On the evening of Thursday 6th June we held a Grand Opening event to celebrate the move to our new home, and all members were warmly invited to attend.

I’m also delighted to announce that Bill Hedges has agreed to take up the vacant position of Vice President of the Institute, subject to a formal vote at the next Council meeting. Bill has been prominent in London Branch activities for many years now, most notably in the development of the Young Engineers Programme, and he brings a wealth of experience and insight from his role as Chief Engineer – Materials at BP. I’m excited about the contribution he can make, and the higher profile he will be able to bring to the Institute during his Presidency.

We have a number of important initiatives coming to the boil at the moment, including a new agreement for provision of ICorr training courses worldwide, a complete overhaul of the Institute brand, a position paper on recruitment and retention of student members, and a proposal for a discounted subscription scheme for retired members. You will be hearing more details about these over the coming months.

In other news, I would like to congratulate one of our members, Liane Smith, who has recently been elected an Honorary Fellow of the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC). This is a significant honour and recognises her impressive contribution to the establishment and continued success of EFC Working Party 13 – Corrosion in Oil & Gas Production. Liane will receive her award at the next EuroCorr conference, which will be held in Seville in September.

Finally, I was privileged to be invited to present the President’s talk at the London branch meeting at Imperial College in March. I chose to discuss the future of the Institute and how we might formulate a longer term strategy to adapt to external drivers, such as the transition to low carbon energy, the digital revolution, the growing generational gap and the UK Industrial Strategy. I was very encouraged by the level of audience engagement throughout the discussion and picked up a lot of great ideas from the members who were there. I plan to repeat the process at the other five branches over the rest of the year and would encourage you all to attend your local branch if you can. Your input is very important to the future of the Institute!

ICorr President, Gareth Hinds.

North East Branch

North East Branch

The January meeting was joint with TWI, when Neil Gallon & Michael Young of Rosen presented a talk on Preferential Weld Corrosion (PWC).

This was the first of its type in the North East aimed at creating some synergy between ICorr and TWI. A good crowd of over 20 came to hear the presentation which went into in detail about the differences and complexity of welds in pipelines, and the possibility of galvanic corrosion causing the metal adjacent to the weld being consumed. The heat affected zone (HAZ) can be attacked preferentially to the weld because of changes in morphology and differing galvanic potentials. Potential issues are very difficult to diagnose and therefore a lot of work has been done to understand the effect of adding corrosion inhibitors, for example when they are added to water injection/production pipes to protect the base metal, however this can also cause issues as they do not protect the weld. In these cases the weld can become anodic and preferential weld corrosion can occur.

One very interesting question was asked about the potential ‘double whammy’ of PWC and CUI occurring at the same time. It was confirmed that this could potentially occur if the insulation system was damaged allowing water to enter the system and causing electrolytes to leach from the insulation and gather at the weld.
In summary the evening was great success and this type of joint meeting will be used again.

London Branch

London Branch

The February talk was by Dr Bijan Kermani of KeyTech, on corrosion, the outlook, challenges and future of the discipline, particularly in regards to hydrocarbon production. Having briefly touched on the economics of corrosion in the oil and gas industry, Bijan went on to present an overview of the projected global energy mix over the next two to three decades, highlighting that there is an increasing global energy demand and that hydrocarbons will contribute the majority of this. He emphasised that technology continues to play a fundamental role for the hydrocarbon industry sector’s business success, reducing capital and operational expenditure, environmental, safety and reputational risk, and increasing reliability. He emphasised that innovative materials, corrosion and integrity management technologies play a significant role in supporting this. He argued that while significant progress has been made over the years in understanding the root causes of integrity management threats with advances in technology and expertise, there still remains major challenges.

The talk covered three themes including (i) a technology outlook in energy, (ii) corrosion and materials challenges facing hydrocarbon production industry sector, and finally (iii) what is required to move the corrosion and metallurgy discipline forward. In this, a brief reference was made to the corrosion discipline with respect to future priorities to attract a new generation of high calibre professionals. It was said that our contributions to all aspects of social, environmental, safety and security are clear and that the discipline has had significant achievements. The key achievement is the provision of public welfare; a ‘positive image’ rather than the reduction of failures which may convey a negative image of our discipline. By this change of focus we can attract even a better generation of young students.

Bijan concluded that the future is bright, although many challenges remain and there is a growing requirement for innovative solutions with timely implementation to achieve next level performance.