The President Writes

The President Writes

I hope you are all enjoying the summer weather and trust that it will be possible for everyone to take a well-earned break at some point. The battle against corrosion never ends but it’s important that we all have the opportunity to recharge our batteries from time to time.
I was pleased to see such a great turn-out at the formal opening of the new Corrosion House on 6th June. The weather played its part, with a warm and sunny afternoon in Northampton allowing the attendees to gather in good spirits around the front door of the building for the official ribbon cutting ceremony. We were also delighted to recognise the tremendous contribution of two stalwarts of the Institute in the purchase of this, and the previous incarnation of Corrosion House, by naming the meeting room and the training room in their honour. To find out more you will need to read the report on the event in this issue!
One of the other highlights of the day was the formal signing of a new training provision agreement between ICorr and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Argyll Ruane (IMechE AR). This has been over a year in the making and I would like to thank Sarah Vasey, David Mobbs, Brian Wyatt and John Fletcher for their unstinting efforts in bringing it to fruition. Revenue from training courses makes up a significant fraction of our income and we see the continued partnership with IMechE AR as key to achieving further growth in both existing and emerging markets.
On the subject of training, it was with regret that Council recently accepted the resignation of Chris Atkins as Chair of the Professional Development, Training and Certification (PDTC) committee. Over the past few years Chris has devoted a huge amount of time and effort to ensure that ICorr courses are fit-for-purpose and the correct governance is in place. I would like to put on record my sincere thanks for the great work he has done and extend a warm welcome to his successor, David Horrocks.
Our student numbers have exploded over the past couple of years, increasing to 213 at the last count. This is largely thanks to the efforts of former Young ICorr Chair Chris Bridge, who arranged visits to the Materials Science Department at the University of Oxford to sign up undergraduate students for free membership of the Institute. His successor Simon Bowcock is now rolling this out to other universities and we are looking for volunteers for these visits. If you can spare the time to visit your alma mater or local university to speak to students about the benefits of ICorr membership, please get in touch with him via the Northampton office.
The Institute continues to recognise excellence in corrosion science and engineering through our prestigious international awards and I am pleased to say that this year, for the first time, our two premier awards will be presented at the same event. This has come about due to a joint meeting between the 60th Corrosion Science Symposium and the annual Corrosion Engineering Division Working Day, which will be held in conjunction with Electrochem 2019 at the University of Strathclyde, on 26th-28th August. During the conference, Prof. Tetsuo Shoji will receive the 2019 U.R. Evans Award, while Dr Steve Paterson will be presented with the 2019 Paul McIntyre Award. I look forward to congratulating both of them in person for these significant achievements!
A resumé of their work is given in the current issue of Corrosion Magazine (editor).
ICorr President, Gareth Hinds.

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CEng, IEng and EngTech Members registered or Members hoping to register with the Engineering Council

At present, due to the demise of the Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE), ICorr are not able to register Members with the Engineering Council.  A new Registration Agreement with an alternative Engineering Council Licenced Member is being sought to enable ICorr to again be able to provide this service to members.

We will announce here and in Corrosion Management magazine as soon as this service is again available.

This does not affect existing ICorr registrants, who will continue to be registered with the Engineering Council throughout the transition period.

ICorr Rebrand Survey

ICorr Rebrand Survey

The Institute of Corrosion is currently undergoing a rebranding exercise. We are working closely with MD Design Studio and SquareOne who are looking at all aspects of the brand, including a new logo.

Please click on the link below to take a look at the introductory slides which contain extracts from the brand concept presentation and provide a background to the project. You can then see the 3 shortlisted concepts and then answer the 9 multiple choice questions that follow to help us make an informed decision on which design to continue developing.

Your feedback will form an integral part of the project and we welcome as many of you to respond as possible by 14th August 2019.

Joint with TWI, when Neil Gallon & Michael Young of Rosen

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 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.

This report was inadvertently published under the Midland Branch in the last issue.