Young ICorr held a joint meeting with the Greater London region IMechE Young members network on the 21st of November. The talk was held in the Council room of the IMechE on Birdcage walk followed by networking in a nearby hostelry. The evening brought together young engineers, professionals and students from across the country who are interested in corrosion, materials, metallurgy and welding. It was a great opportunity to meet like-minded peers from other industries and also provided many of the attendees enrolled on the 2020 Young Engineering Programme (YEP) to meet prior to the programme starting in January.

Guest speaker Roger Francis (RF Materials) gave a fascinating talk on “Corrosion Engineers (& Metallurgists) can save you money”. This covered a whirlwind tour of case studies from fertiliser production to deep sea diving, highlighting poor materials selection and the importance of working together to understand the operating environment for the mechanical equipment. Often mistakes are repeated without learning, emphasising the need to engage a corrosion engineer. Roger’s extensive knowledge on duplex and superduplex stainless steels, in conjunction with correct heat treatments, demonstrated how the corrosion problems could be solved, often with cost savings. He then emphasised the importance of corrosion engineers’ involvements in QA/QC activities to ensure the correct testing and support regimes were put in place at the procurement stage. The talk was very well received and definatly got people thinking about the importance of materials selection.

Sponsorship was kindly provided by the Institute of Corrosion and IMechE. To stay informed about future Young ICorr events please join the LinkedIn group by searching for ‘Young ICorr’ or alternatively email Caroline.Allanach@gmail.com