Fundamentals of Corrosion for Engineers

A new Fundamentals of Corrosion course is presented by the Institute of Corrosion.  The course will be based on practical information and hands-on examples as well as relevant background theory. Attendees on the course will be given a wide ranging introduction to all the major aspects of corrosion engineering.

Successful completion of the course and the associated examination will required for obtaining Professional membership of ICorr for those without either formal qualifications in corrosion or the relevant time experience.

Who is the course for?

The course will be suitable for engineers, paint inspectors, designers, technicians and scientists wishing to expand their career opportunities into the corrosion field or wanting to broaden or refresh their knowledge of corrosion in general.

Civil, mechanical, chemical and naval engineers will find the course aids their ability to assess potential or actual corrosion situations and to be able build anti-corrosion measures and strategies into their projects.  It will also help to understand the mechanisms and causes of common premature failures.

The course will take place over a 5 day period in a classroom format; four days being talks and practical sessions and the fifth day being a short review and the examination.  There will be opportunities to ask questions at all times during the course.Course Content.

The course will include:

  • Corrosion of common metals.
  • Basic corrosion science.
  • Common corrosion mechanisms; galvanic, crevice, pitting, deposition, corrosion under deposit/lagging, stress corrosion and cracking.
  • The electrochemical series and its practical uses.
  • Methods for preventing or managing corrosion, including Inhibitors/passivation.
  • Introduction to cathodic protection.
  • Surface preparation challenges, paints & coatings.
  • Corrosion and environmental conditions.
  • Material selection & design.
  • Corrosion testing and monitoring.

Course Presenter.

The course will be presented by Dr Jane Lomas (FICorr).

Jane is an experienced corrosion & coatings engineer at Amtec Consultants Ltd with a multi-disciplinary background. She has over 30 years practical experience of marine corrosion and building coatings issues, from project design, through new building to guarantee claims; ongoing coating maintenance problems and repair issues.

She also works on a global basis with failure investigations and product liability claims in the automotive, industrial, aerospace and water treatment industries as an investigator and problem solver.

Jane manages multi-company projects for both R&D purposes and claims cases and also runs the laboratory at Amtec.

  • Fellow – Institute of Corrosion (FICorr)
  • Honorary Secretary, Trustee and Council Member of ICorr.

Guest Presenter:

Dr Les Callow is a metallurgist and corrosion engineer with over 40 years practical experience of corrosion across a wide range of industries.

Currently, he is primarily working as a technical expert for many litigation cases and appears at arbitration, court, etc, as an expert witness.

The Fundamentals of Corrosion for Engineers will be held on 9th to 13th October 2017 between 09.30 and 17.00 each day at Elcometer Ltd, Droylsden, Manchester.

The cost will be £950 + VAT per person and includes lunches and refreshments on each day.  Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation and information on local hotels, etc can be provided on request.

Due to the size of the room available, this course will be limited to 10 people, so early booking is recommended.

Please download booking form here and send to

Further information on the course can be obtained from the Institute of Corrosion:

Young Engineers Program (YEP)

Following on from the success of the 2012-13 and 2014-15 young engineers program the Institute of Corrosion will be starting the next event in this series in January 2018.

There will be lectures on the subjects related to Corrosion in Oil and Gas as shown below. [1] [2]

  • Basic corrosion
  • Welding
  • Materials
  • Coatings
  • Painting, fire protection and linings
  • Cathodic protection
  • Chemical treatments
  • Presentation skills

As before the lecture series will be followed by case studies with a presentation given at an event around the London area.

We are currently looking for pre enrolment for these events and we are looking for around 20 participants early in their career in the corrosion industry and who are looking for extra experience to set them up for their future.

The event will be sponsored by BP and held at the CB&I offices in Paddington, London. There is no cost for this course for the delegates and we would like to thank the sponsor and host to allow this.

If you are interested in this event please download the application below Institute of Corrosion 2017 YEP flyer Rev 01  Deadline of application is 30th November 2017.

The address for returning the form is:-

Institute of Corrosion
Barratt House
Suite S3, Kingsthorpe Road


Tel: 01604 438222

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[1] Subject may change due to availability of personnel

[2] Subjects will be focused on the oil and gas industry

[3] This program is open to non members as well as member of ICorr. Those taking part will receive a year’s membership of the Institute as Indiviual members

Aberdeen Branch News

Aberdeen Branch News

The final evening event of 2017 was held on Tuesday the 30th May, with 50 attendees representing a wide range of sponsors and also many visiting guests.  The Branch was once again honoured to have the presence of ICorr President Sarah Vasey, who provided a welcome update on HQ Plans and thanked the Branch Committee for all its efforts over a very successful 2016-2017 Session.

A technical paper entitled “A Review of State of the Art in Corrosion under Insulation Testing (CUI)” was presented by Simon Daly, Group Oil & Gas Segment Manager of Hempel A/S, who explained the company’s long involvement with CUI R&D, via its association with the Danish Technical University in Copenhagen.

Billions of dollars are spent worldwide due to CUI issues, and as there are many operating variables, failure risks and repair costs associated with undetected CUI, any attempt to lessons these can only be to the Industry’s advantage.

Frequently the weak areas are field joints with field repairs of piping and coating systems difficult to equal in quality to the factory coating systems that are applied under controlled conditions. Similarly external cladding may not be of consistent quality in terms of weather proofing and sealing abilities.

It is not often realized that coatings hidden under insulation must have multiple and simultaneous performance properties and must be resistant in service to, immersion conditions (saturated insulation), thermal cycling (equipment in intermittent use) and varying levels of surface preparation.

Commonly used test methods were reviewed by Simon, along with the benefits and drawbacks of each system. In addition, suggestions were offered for a pre-qualification system which not only takes into account the CUI test itself but also test methods to qualify some of the considerations shown above, as well as likely inclusions in the new ISO standard 19277 ‘Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries – Qualification testing and acceptance criteria for protective coating systems under insulation’, currently under development for CUI protection.

There were many questions from the very attentive audience on a wide range of topics, including future ISO tests on coatings for CRA’s, blasting methods, maintenance painting, life cycle / life extension considerations and use of TSA coatings.

The well supported evening closed with a handover of the Chair to Dr. Yunnan Gao, this year’s Events Co-ordinator, by the current Chair Stephen Tate.

The Branch has one more event before the new session starts, the Annual Corrosion Awareness Day on 29 August at the usual venue, the Palm Court Hotel, which this year is kindly sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.

This course is aimed at graduate engineers, non-corrosion engineers and others working closely with corrosion, (e.g. integrity engineers, inspection engineers, etc.). The full-day course, will comprise a number of lectures covering different aspects of corrosion, providing basic information on corrosion principles and mechanisms of corrosion control, including,

  • Introduction to Corrosion and it’s costs, plus corrosion mechanisms and everyday examples, Professor Paul Lambert (Mott MacDonald)
  • Mitigation by coatings and materials selection, and corrosion mitigation by chemicals, Malcolm Morris (Sherwin Williams)
  • Corrosion mitigation by cathodic protection (sacrificial and impressed current), Nigel Owen (Aberdeen Foundries)
  • Corrosion monitoring and microbiology – analysis and  data trending, Dr Carol Devine, North East Corrosion Engineers Ltd
  • Corrosion management overview and risk based inspection, Hooman Takhtechian (Oceaneering)
  • Corrosion rate modelling, Dr Muhammad Ejaz, Plant Integrity Management Ltd.

The objective of this course is to improve understanding of corrosion processes and to raise awareness of corrosion management.  The course is hosted by ICorr Aberdeen through kind assistance of its local / national sponsors. As spaces are strictly limited, they will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.  For registration or further information please contact

For information about all forthcoming Aberdeen branch activities, please contact the new session chair, Dr Yunnan Gao, A calendar of local events of interest to corrosion professionals in the Aberdeen area, and the opportunity to sign up to the branch mailing list, is available at

Aberdeen Branch have also established a new Media Centre, which can be found at





Professional Development & Training Committee (PDTC) News

Professional Development & Training Committee (PDTC) News

There are some exciting developments in the world of training coming up. The “fundamentals of corrosion” course that fills the gap for people wishing to upgrade to professional membership, but lacking in formal corrosion training, is now in place. In addition ISO 15257 has been published, which means the current BS EN 15257 will become BS EN ISO 15257. It just needs translating from ISO standard languages (English and French) to the European standard languages (English, French and German). This standard extends the reach of the Cathodic Protection (CP) training and certification scheme, and incorporates the existing NACE CP scheme. As a result the certification paperwork and training courses need a little tweaking (the ISO has 5 levels and the BS EN currently only has 3). Levels 1 to 3 in the current CP schemes correspond to levels 2 to 4 in the ISO scheme. PDTC are working on a rapid implementation of the ISO standard to limit the confusion. As soon as this is done it is planned to offer a trade-up option where people with existing CP cards can have a fresh card with the ISO level stated on it. The CP certification means that clients can be sure that people designing testing and installing cathodic protection schemes have the correct paperwork to demonstrate competence in the correct area, not just a generic CP qualification. It also means that those installing CP systems can demonstrate to clients they have the right skills for the job, and justify why they should be included on CP tenders. It also means they have the best chance of not having to repeat work and revisit sites to rectify problems caused by using unskilled, uncertificated people.

The new Senior Cathodic Protection Technician Level 2 Marine Metallic structures Course was run successfully on 8h – 12 May at Poole Museum and RNLI College jetty.

The course, written and presented by David Harvey CEng, FICorr, covered the application of cathodic protection to harbours and jetties, offshore structures, subsea structures and pipelines.  Date and venue for the next course is yet to be set.

The National Highway Sector Scheme 19A is pushing to get apprentice schemes set up that are based on the ICATS scheme.  This enables companies to draw down on monies that have been taken as a levy, and placed in a government training bank. Once this has been sorted out for the ICATS scheme, the possibility of extending it to cover other training options, will be considered. It’s not a straightforward process, but it’s a goal for ICorr. As part of the apprenticeship schemes ICorr are looking at becoming registered with OfQual, to give our training schemes and qualifications a more widespread status.

If anyone has any training needs, concerns or worries, feel free to email, and a member of PTDC will respond to them.

The President Writes .. July/ August Issue

The President Writes .. July/ August Issue

I had the pleasure of attending the North East Branch summer event in Durham recently, it was well attended by members old and new. We had a tour of the Castle followed by an excellent presentation from Professor Jon Gluyas entitled “Energy past, present and future”. It was a thoroughly interesting evening enjoyed by all.

This month has been a busy one, I was invited to join the BCF meeting on behalf of ICORR, where it was great to see so many ICORR members round the table.

We have also launched the re-vamped website this month, which has been a great effort by many behind the scenes, and I do hope that you will see the benefit.  One of the big changes is that new members are able to sign up directly on the website, and moving on, this reminds me that you should have all received your renewal letter and I hope you have found time to renew your subscriptions, which from next year is also something that will be available to members, who would prefer to do this online.

As some of you will recall we have now organised two programmes of educational training courses aimed at Young Engineers, which involve a series of lectures and a group case study, the conclusions of which are then presented to an audience of their peers and judged by a panel of industry experts.  The winners from the last programme won the prize of attending the NACE conference in Vancouver.  We are planning to run this event again, so if you are interested in being a candidate, or would like to nominate a candidate, please let me know.

I would finally like to highlight an upcoming event being held by the Aberdeen Branch, the ICorr Corrosion Awareness Training Day on the 29th August.  This is an annual event and always well worth attending.

Sarah Vasey, ICorr President