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.   

Midlands Branch News

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.

Midlands Branch April Meeting

Midland Branch Meeting

Date:               Tuesday, 10th April 2018

Venue:             Amey International Design Hub, 20 Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham B4 6AT

 Time:               17:30 – 20:00 – Food and light refreshment provided

 Topics:             Branch AGM Meeting, follow by three presentations detailing advancements in Galvanic Anode systems for use in reinforced concrete structures by Senior Corrosion Specialists from Mapei, CPT Ltd and Vector Corrosion Technologies Ltd.


Midlands Branch April Meeting

Date: 10th April 2018 and will include the branch AGM
Topics: Midland Branch AGM Meeting
             Detailing advancements in Galvanic Anode systems for use in reinforced concrete structures. The presentation will be              provided by senior corrosion specialists from Mapei, CPT Ltd and Vector Corrosion Technologies Ltd.
The venue: Amey International Design Hub,
                   20 Colmore Circus Queensway
                   Birmingham B4 6AT
Time: 17.30 to 20.00  – food and light refreshment provided
Midland Branch

Midland Branch

The Branch half-day event and ICorr AGM took place in the Chamberlain Room & Main Chamber of the Birmingham Council House on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

The event was well attended and after lunch and refreshments attendees were welcomed to the council chamber by Trevor Box, Midland Branch Chair.   The first presentation was on the “Hammersmith Flyover Strengthening – Repairing the Effects of Corrosion” by Graham Stanford of Freyssinet. Graham’s interesting presentation covered the damage caused to the post tensioned structure and remarkable repair techniques employed to strengthen and repair this critical piece of London’s infrastructure.

The second presentation of the day covered an Innovative Solution for the Prevention of Crevice Corrosion at Pipe Supports by Clive Evans of Deepwater EU Ltd. Clive’s presentation dealt with Deepwater’s pipe support system to deal with crevice corrosion and the problems caused by crevice corrosion to pipes across a range of industrial sectors.   

The next presentation dealt with the Cable Impregnation Technique for Corrosion Protection of Grouted Post-Tensioned Tendons by Peter McCloskey of Vector Corrosion Technologies. Peter explained this relatively new technique which has been developed by Vector in North America to deal with corrosion of tendons in grouted ducts of existing post tensioned structures.   

The final presentation was an overview of “Cathodic Protection Training and Certification: The ISO Requirements” by Jim Preston, Corrosion Prevention Limited. Jim covered in detail the recent changes to the ISO standard and the implications of future training and certification requirements.

At the end of the presentations a lively panel discussion took place with some excellent questions from the attendees and much discussion between the attendees and the presenters.

The day was brought to a close by the ICorr AGM which included the financial report for the year. 

Midland Branch has a new sustaining member, SegCorr Ltd, Independent Consultants Specialising in cathodic protection and corrosion management (more details can be found in preceding section).