Young Engineers Programme (YEP) 2022

Young Engineers Programme (YEP) 2022

Following the great success of its 2018 and 2020 Young Engineer Programme in London, the Institute of Corrosion will now be running a YEP from January to November 2022, in Aberdeen. The ICorr Young Engineer Programme (YEP) is second to none and delivers a technical competency framework that’s consistent with the Institute of Corrosion’s aims and professional standards, to help prepare graduates for entry into the Corrosion Science and Engineering industries, with a broad range of knowledge. As well as providing an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, the programme offers participants a solid foundation and a stepping-stone, as the first stage in achieving MICorr and CEng status.

This is a training programme aimed at young Engineers (graduates) from a range of disciplines who have a specific interest in Corrosion Management.

The programme consists of a series of mainly evening lectures spread out over a 12-month period with required attendance every month from January to November. In May 2022 the group will be split up into teams and appointed a mentor to assist them with a Case Study which will be a real corrosion problem that has required a solution. Each team will then present their case study to the Institute of Corrosion at the Aberdeen Branch meeting in November with invited guests from academia and industry. Each presentation will be judged, and the winning team will be awarded an expense paid trip to the AMPP 2023 Conference (formerly NACE) in USA.

Application for participating in this programme is now closed and the committee are in the process of selecting and enrolling around 20 participants.

Lecturers, mentors and organisations supporting the programme will all be professional volunteers however, we are still looking for sponsors to cover the following costs (fully or partially),

1. A second award for one engineer as selected by the judges due to their outstanding performance (one award is already sponsored by BP).

2. Sponsor for the venues / catering in Aberdeen for 9 lectures and competition event.

The YEP 2022 sponsors logo will appear on all the programme materials, including, posters, flyers, training material and application forms distributed to the companies in the ICorr mailing list.

Any interest in sponsorship, or queries, should in the first instance be addressed to: Hooman Takhtechian, Aberdeen Branch Chair,

Young ICorr – Thesis in 3 Minutes Competiton

Young ICorr – Thesis in 3 Minutes Competiton

Can you present your research or a topic as an elevator pitch in just 3 minutes? Well, these Young ICorr members certainly can.

To celebrate Corrosion Awareness Day 2021, in collaboration with the European Federation of Corrosion and World Corrosion Organisation, four PhD students presented their research. The audience were treated to an informative presentation on hybrid FeCO3-poly(allylamine hydrochloride) deposition on carbon steel to improve corrosion resistance and characterising the associated mechanical properties and wettability by, Dlshad Shaikhah of Leeds University. Mohamed Alhebsi provided an in-depth analysis of pitting corrosion and SCC behaviour of CRAs in sweet and sour environments, to support industry applications. New techniques for understanding the erosion-corrosion phenomena revealing how time-dependent surface-hardening processes affect material loss rates during mechanical-electrochemical coupled corrosion, were presented by Aigerim Omirkhan from Imperial College.

Competition was fierce and the standard of presentation was excellent. However, there had to be a winner, and Qingyan Liu from Leeds University’s whistle stop presentation on corrosion resistance of alloys to molten nitrate salt environments to support their use in solar power plants was the winner! Qingyan described how thermal cycling mitigates the corrosion rate and reduces the spallation behaviour of stainless steels compared with isothermal samples. Further analysis showed the multilayer corrosion products consisting of on the outside, sodium ferrite, and on the inside, iron chromium oxides. It was fantastic to find out about everyone’s research and the standard of presentation was very high. Many thanks to the judges, Bill Hedges, David Mobbs and Trevor Osborne.

YEP Programme – Case Study Presentations

Young Engineers’ Programme 2020 – 12th November

Case Study Presentation – Update Bulletin 2


This bulletin presents updating information regarding the case study presentation evening, Thursday 12th of November 2020. for the benefit of all participants in the evening.

The format

The Young Engineers are currently working in 7 teams on the case study. On the evening of 12th November each team will be asked present their findings from the case study. The teams will need to demonstrate team work however the mechanism of delivery is up to each team and their mentors.

Each team will be held in the lobby and will be called forward to present one team at a time the remaining teams will remain in the lobby and will not be able to hear the preceding team’s presentation. Each presentation will start at the allocated time. The presentation is expected to last for 20 minutes. There is then five minutes for questions. The team will step down when the Chair closes that part of the session (at 25 minutes), that team can then remain in the meeting with video and audio muted to listen to all subsequent deliveries.

Following the completion of all presentations there will then be a break while the judges confer and decide on the winning team. The winning team will be announced at the end of the evening, congratulations and commiserations given by the Chair and the meeting will be closed.

Preparation for the meeting

Each team is requested to complete preparation of their presentation some days in advance. Please send your presentation by either email or a file transfer service such as WeTransfer to by midday on Wednesday 11th November. This is for security proposes in the event of an IT failure. Please note that all presentations are to be delivered in the manual mode, please do not use the automation feature in PowerPoint.

The meeting officials

Chair: Trevor Osborne
Timer: Alan Denny
Q&A: Anthony Setiadi


Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. and all participants should attempt to get online as close to 4:30 as possible. The timetable of the meeting is as follows (all p.m.): –

time Activity Note Presenter
4:30 Meeting opens online for registration N.A.
4:45 Welcome, introduction and roll call Trevor Osborne
5:00 Presentation Mentor: Andrew Sturgeon Team 1
5:30 Presentation Mentor: Chris Googan Team 2
6:00 Presentation Mentor: Charlie Barraclough Team 3
6:30 Presentation Mentor: Tasos Kostrivas Team 4
7:00 Presentation Mentor: Dave Shaw Team 5
7:30 Presentation Mentor: Rob Doggett Team 6
8:00 Presentation Mentor: John Davies Team 7
8:30- 8:50 Break Judges will be in session
8:50 Judging summary and award TBC
9:15 Meeting close

The platform and facilitation

For simplicity the platform used will be ‘Teams’ (we have decided against using ‘Teams Live’ due to lack of familiarity).

The main audience will be able to see the entire event.

Do you have any Questions on the event?

If you have questions on the event and the evening please send them, in the first event, to and they will be answered by the organising team either by email or in a subsequent Bulletin.

Download Institute of Corrosion YEP Case Study: Onshore Titanium Pipe Corrosion Failure

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YEP – New Format helps delegate’s knowledge to blossom

YEP – New Format helps delegate’s knowledge to blossom

The Young Engineer Programme once again displayed its adaptability as for its June meeting it adopted a new format for the online presentation, and welcomed the host Trevor Osborne for a discussion on cathodic protection.

The former President of ICorr and Managing Director of Deepwater Corrosion Services, with over 40 years of experience in oil and gas, shared his knowledge and specialised understanding in the new look presentation.

The adapted format saw the usual three-hour presentation replaced with it being sent a week in advance to the delegates. Trevor talked about corrosion, and the importance of the Galvanic Series, types of CP, standards and their importance, testing and inspection, failures and Field Joint Coatings.

Among other talking points, Trevor highlighted how electrical isolation in cathodic protection offers three main benefits, as it restricts the required protective current to the surface of the primary structure to produce a uniform polarised level of protection. It also minimises stray DC current interference and prevents galvanic current between metallic structures.

It was the decision to send the presentation to delegates in advance that proved to be the biggest revelation of the evening though, as it allowed questions to be prepared for the following Q&A session, with answers fielded by Trevor and collated by Principal Engineer at INTECSEA, Anthony Setiadi.

The knowledge displayed in the questions showcased the level of understanding within the industry with many of the questions prompting detailed answers from Trevor that caused him to draw from much of his considerable experience in the industry.

“I was extremely encouraged by the response from all of our delegates,” said Trevor Osborne when reflecting on the evening’s presentation. “and it shows the incredible level of interest and knowledge that the young people have within the industry. The future is certainly bright.”