The May meeting was a very interesting presentation on the future of ICorr, by the President, with lots of input and discussions from the branch members. Whilst the meeting was well attended there is always room for more, especially during a presentation by the institute’s President. The role of the Institute in the day to day corporate environment was discussed, with many far reaching improvements being tabled by Gareth.
In September, the branch is hosting a half day event on the Severn Valley Steam Railway, with tours of the engine house and a ride out on a private ICorr carriage, with food and drinks provided. The event is open to all branch sponsoring companies initially as it is being held to thank them for supporting Midlands branch, but tickets will be available to purchase for individuals. This promises to be a great networking event, and more details will be available in
November meeting was a joint meeting with the Institute AGM, and was held at the Council Chambers in Birmingham. As with previous joint Midland Branch / ICorr AGM meetings it was very well attended with approx. 50 attendees, although adverse weather affected rail travel and prevented a number of members attending. The theme of the meeting was pipeline integrity, with presentations from Malcolm Morris of Sherwin Williams, Leo Richards of Intertek, and Kristian Hampson of IMechE. Malcolm provided a detailed review of the coating systems commonly used on pipeline systems, typical application techniques together with examples of common rehabilitation methods, which for buried long pipelines can be very costly and challenging. Leo delivered a presentation on pipeline integrity and the importance of chemical treatment during pre-commissioning of a new pipeline system and its long term operation and provided case studies from each stage in the process, together with the simulation systems available and examples of typical problems when the process was not applied or applied incorrectly. Kristian gave a very thorough review of non-destructive-testing methods for corrosion under insulation on pipework, with many examples of what not to do, and photographs of some rather horrible corrosion examples. He also explained that CUI is a wide-spread problem accounting for over 50% of oil and gas pipeline leaks
in the industry (see technical article on this topic later in this issue).
The chair thanked all the speakers for their very informative presentations, and following this there was the presentation of the U.R. Evans award, and the AGM, which are reported on page 5.
The September meeting was very well attended. This was hosted by Amey, at their Birmingham offices, with the food kindly sponsored by Impalloy.
The September meeting was very well attended and hosted by Amey, at their Birmingham offices.
Iqbal Johal from the Galvanizers Association (GA) gave a very informative overview of galvanising. He discussed the process itself and its limitations. Iqbal also presented details of a very interesting building which had been specially engineered around the use of galvanising, and its aesthetic appearance. It was also very interesting to learn of the HDG business model, which GA members are very supportive of. Discussions about closer links between GA and ICorr followed, due to what was seen as a common aim of the Institute and Association.
The branch hosted the Institute AGM on 29 November, preceded by a series of technical presentations on pipeline integrity, and a report on both will be included in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of Corrosion Management.
The Trustees and Council of the Institute would like to invite you all to the 2018AGM to be held on Thursday 29th November 2018 at the Council Chambers Birmingham in conjunction with a half day Midlands Branch meeting and presentation of the 2018 U.R. Evans Award.
Midland Branch Meeting
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch served
13:30 – 13:40 Welcome and introductions
13:40 – 15:30 Presentations by industry experts
15.30 to 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 – 16.30 U.R. Evans Award:
Presentation of the U.R. Evans Award to Professor Anne Neville, followed by her Plenary lecture.
16:30 – 17:30 ICorr AGM
1 Apologies for absence
2 Minutes of the previous AGM November 2017
3 President’s report
4 Treasurer’s report
7 Any other business
The Trustees and members of Council will be available before the meeting to answer any questions you may have regarding the Institute and its future.
Again as in the case of 2017 the Institute’s accounts, and the minutes for the November 2017 AGM, will be available via the ICorr website (www.icorr.org). Please examine them and the website in general as we would appreciate your feedback. The website will continue to be influential in increasing the Professional Membership and the perspective of non-members of ICorr and as a major means of communication with membership.
Your confirmation of attendance (for lunch numbers) or apology for absence will be appreciated preferably by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you there.
Dr Jane Lomas
Institute of Corrosion
Click link below for copy of the invite:
AGM invite Letter 2018C
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 email@example.com, plus willing speakers are also invited to make contact so we can include them within our up-coming events programme.
The branch held their AGM at the evening meeting on 11th April 2018, which was hosted by Amey at their International Design Centre in Birmingham.
The outgoing branch Chairman, Trevor Box, thanked the members for their continued support, those that had taken the time to prepare talks and presentations over the previous year and thanked the organisations, companies and individuals that had offered sponsorship, either by way of providing the meeting venues or refreshments at these. The committee members were elected and the new Chairman was Bill Whittaker
Following the AGM, a trinity of experts in galvanic anode technology for use in reinforced concrete gave presentations on developments in the industry, starting with Roberto Giorgini, consultant to Mapei, who had kindly travelled from Holland for the evening. Roberto’s presentation looked at design criteria and reviewed the basis of design for the use of galvanic anodes in concrete, and compared this with the more conventional design processes used for galvanic anodes in other electrolytes. It was noted that agreed design procedures for galvanic anodes in concrete are not documented and reliance on data from the manufacturers is required.
Gareth Glass, from Concrete Preservation Technologies (CPT), presented “Polarisation and Responsive Behaviour of Galvanic Anodes”. This covered the basis for galvanic and hybrid protection technology, the use of potential mapping and potential changes in the early age assessment of galvanic systems, the responsive behaviour of galvanic systems to environmental changes, the importance of responsive behaviour in aged systems and the use of corrosion rates in the assessment of protected structures. Gareth explained that a simple method of checking system installation was to measure two potentials at and away from a sample of the installed anodes, and potential mapping to show early age changes in steel potential was presented. Data were also presented that indicated the current output of aged systems may fall to low levels in dry or sheltered environments and that re-activation occurs when such systems get wet, including in systems older than 10 years. It was further shown that data can be analysed and translated into corrosion rates in the assessment of the structure. Recommendations included the production of brief commissioning reports, using potential mapping to assess performance, taking into account long term responsive behaviour especially in aged sheltered systems that may dry out, and using corrosion rates to assess the condition of the protected structure.
George Sergi of Vector Corrosion Technologies completed the evening’s talks with a presentation on a new dual-phase anode system for protection of steel reinforcement that he had been instrumental in developing with Vector. George described the process by which application of
an impressed current charge can increase the pH around the reinforcement and passivate the steel where corrosion is taking place, and presented some data on the extent
of charge required to do this based on laboratory experiments. The presentation explained how the Vector product could provide a charge phase without an external dc power supply.
After the presentations a lively panel discussion was held with the three experts responding to the audience questions. The Chairman thanked all presenters for the time taken in preparing and attending the very informative meeting.