Midland Branch Latest News

Many thanks from the Midland Branch to Trevor Box for his chairmanship, with the branch growing in strength during his period at the reins.  Thanks also to the branch committee and all members for their support.

The branch held an informal committee meeting on 24th July, specifically to arrange the branch meeting programme for the next 12+ month period. The following preliminary schedule has been arranged, this year a September evening event is proposed along with the December Branch meeting and ICORR AGM. For the December meeting we have chosen a theme of Pipelines with presentations from across the industry on the integrity of pipeline systems.

A one day Branch event is proposed for June next year, full details to be provided in due course. Provisional plans have been made for a steam train corrosion related meeting, and possible train ride + food, again more details to be published in due course.

The branch is looking to have the coatings industry of the midlands better represented, and those interested please make contact Bill Whittaker, at bwhittaker@cathodicengineering.co.uk, plus willing speakers are also invited to make contact so we can include them within our up-coming events programme.   

London Branch News

The first meeting of the new season will be held as usual at Imperial College, on 11th October.  The topic will be, “Advanced cathodic protection; protection design by finite method”, by Paolo Marcassoli from Cescor.   More details will be available on the Branch page of the Institute website nearer the time.

The second branch joint meeting with the Society of Chemical Industry will be held at SCI, 14 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS, on 25th October 2018 and entitled “A Fighting Ship and Fighting Corrosion”  The Speakers will be, Dr Eleanor Schofield – Mary Rose Trust and Jim Glynn – ICorr and Beanny Ltd.  The presentations will describe the conservation strategies developed during the restoration of the Mary Rose, and the dynamic duo of coatings and cathodic protection.

The starting time is 17.30 for 18.00, and a net-working drinks reception will follow at 19.30. This event is free to attend, but please register in advance to help with catering at, http://bit.ly/2k6CXUR.  Registration can also be made through John O’Shea at, johno.shea@btinternet.com.  Further details are available on both ICorr and SCI websites.

Institute members take part in the Race Across America (RAAM), 2018

Institute members take part in the Race Across America (RAAM), 2018

The race started in Oceanside, California and covered 3000miles across 12 states arriving in Annapolis, Maryland on the east coast after 6 days of non-stop cycling.

For 36 years RAAM has been challenging ultra-cyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits to the farthest reaches.  The route  traverses three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio), the Great Plains, and also passes through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, and Gettysburg.  It is open to amateur and professional racers, in solo, 2-, 4- and 8-person relay teams, and has become a huge platform for racers to raise awareness and money for charities of their choice.  The racers have raised a total of over $2 million per year, for the past 5 years.

The Team New Forest from Hampshire is a 4 man relay team, and 2 of the racers were professional members of the Institute, Ian Patterson and Lee Spoor. The other two cyclists were John Sibley and Nick Buis. There was also an 11 strong supporting crew, and again two of which were also professional members of the Institute, Andrew Patterson and David Horrocks.

Team New Forest finished in 6 days 3 hours and 56 minutes and ahead of their rival American team by just under 3 hours.  In total the team raised over £7,500 (+£1200 in gift aid) for their chosen charity, Cancer Research UK.

Alan Denney receiving an Award

Alan Denney receiving an Award

A member of the Institute, Alan Denney, has been given an award from the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa, relating to the external corrosion management of the refined products pipeline which goes from the port of Beira in Mozambique to the tank farm at Feruka in Zimbabwe.

The award acknowledges the long-term external corrosion management of the line over many years. Michael Brett and Partners in RSA performed work on the pipeline in the 1980s, and  John Brown E&C Ltd designed and carried out construction management for an extensive rehabilitation of the line in 1990 – 1993. The CP system maintenance and upgrading was continued by Corrolec Corrosion Services in RSA and subsequently by ACEL and Isinyithi Cathodic Protection (Pty) Ltd.  Whilst the work has involved many engineers and specialists throughout approximately 40 years, the cathodic protection work had been conducted to a very significant extent by Neil Webb who worked for these companies. The award was given to acknowledge all the companies involved, and that for John Brown was (unexpectedly) sent to Alan, as the head of the materials, corrosion and welding engineering department in John Brown in London at the time of the pipeline rehabilitation in 1990-1993.

Membership Development

Can you help promote student membership of ICorr in your local university?

The activities of the Membership Development Committee are gathering pace, with the latest committee meeting taking place in June.  A major initiative to grow our student membership is now underway, led by Young ICorr chair Chris Bridge, who has visited the Materials Science department at the University of Oxford to sign up students for free ICorr membership. This has proved to be a far more direct and effective way of engaging with students than email contact with individual academics.

The plan between now and September is to build a cohort of volunteers to roll this process out to other universities in the autumn. If you are willing to visit the Materials Science department of your local university (or even better, the university you attended yourself) we would love to hear from you. This would involve an hour or so of your time to give a short presentation outlining the benefits of membership to a group of students (slides will be provided) and to answer any questions they have about the Institute.

Student membership of ICorr is free and the main barrier to signing up new members is simply lack of opportunities for contact. By reaching out to relatively large numbers of students in this way we should be able to increase uptake of membership significantly – and if we can retain even a fraction of these in the longer term it will make a massive contribution to the sustainability of the Institute.

If this sounds like something you could help with, please contact Chris, at bridge.christian@gmail.com.

Other ongoing membership development activities include refreshing the Institute brand and website, simplifying procedures for applying for membership and upgrades, establishing a policy on subscriptions for retired members, and developing the concept of Corporate Membership. More information on these and other initiatives will follow in future issues of Corrosion Management.