Materials Performance Magazine Reveals the Winners of the First Readers’ Choice Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards

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New awards recognize organizations and individuals whose innovations make strides toward reducing the $2.2 global cost of corrosion.

NACE International, The Corrosion Society

In September 2011, Materials Performance magazine launched its first Readers’ Choice Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards to find the most exciting innovations in the field of corrosion control worldwide. Companies, individuals and governments were invited to submit nominations resulting in a total of 64 nominations from 17 countries for consideration for the top ten innovations.

In January, 2012 all nominated innovations were posted online for voting which resulted in more than 7,000 votes cast for innovations representing groundbreaking advances in coatings and linings, cathodic protection, materials and design, instrumentation, testing, integrity assessment, chemical treatments, and other corrosion prevention and mitigation technologies.

“Our goal with this awards program is to provide a forum where anyone developing new and unique corrosion control technology can be showcased and recognized,” said NACE International Executive Director, Bob Chalker. “We received an impressive array of entries demonstrating important advances in the industry.”

The top 10 innovations were announced on Monday night, by NACE International President Oliver Moghissi at CORROSION 2012, NACE International’s annual corrosion conference and exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The 2012 MP Readers’ Choice Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards are (in alphabetical order):

Innovation: Anticorrosion Technology (ACT) Clamp
Recipients: Gary Stewart and Ulrich König, Stauff UK Ltd.
Corrosion Control Category: Design
Description: The Stauff Anticorrosion Technology (ACT) Clamp minimizes the contact between the clamp body and the pipe, and guards against the accumulation of seawater between itself and the pipe. It can be used in subsea and topside environments. The ACT clamp is unique in that it offers the same stability as other clamping solutions without complete encapsulation of the pipe at the pipe supports.
Web site: http://www.stauff.co.uk

Innovation: Anticorrosive Coatings with Nanoparticles
Recipient: Roberto Cafagna, Nanto Protective Coating Srl - Trieste, Italy
Corrosion Control Category: Coatings and Linings
Description: Anticorrosive coatings with nanoparticles provide high levels of protection against corrosion when applied to steel and concrete structures by increasing the barrier to oxygen, humidity, and chemical agents, which reduces the coatings’ permeability, improves crack bridging properties, and enhances both modulus and strength.
Web site: http://www.nantopaint.com

Innovation: Bio-Corrosion Probe
Recipient: Sankara Papavinasam, CanmetMATERIALS - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Corrosion Control Category: Materials
Description: The Bio-Corrosion Probe monitors both sulfate-reducing bacteria activity and corrosion rate online and is useful for determining microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) susceptibility, optimizing process conditions to avoid MIC, and evaluating biocides to control MIC. The probe consists of an enzyme electrode, working electrode, counter electrode, and reference electrode. The most unique aspect of the probe is the sulfide-oxidase (SO) enzyme electrode. The SO enzyme is specific to sulfide ions and does not interact with any other ions or species in solution. When SRB activity produces sulfide ions, the SO detects them and sends a signal to the co-factor, which in turn relays a current that is monitored.
Web site: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/minerals-metals/materials-technology/2945

Innovation: CPCM (Cathodic Protection Current Measurement) Tool
Recipient: Kevin Scott, Baker Hughes - Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Corrosion Control Category: Cathodic Protection
Description: The Cathodic Protection Current Measurement (CPCM) tool is an in-line inspection tool that measures and records the cathodic protection (CP) current or other currents that are using the pipeline as part of a circuit. The tool is a high-resolution voltmeter with electrical contacts on each end of the tool. As it travels along the pipeline, it continuously measures the voltage drop or potential difference between the contacts. The data are stored with reference to location, and the results are displayed as a graph that shows the direction and amount of current all along the pipeline. The CPCM tool measures CP directly, rather than using potential readings to infer CP. It doesn’t require right-of-way access, which eliminates land owner issues and allows consistent inspection regardless of terrain.
Web site: http://www.bakerhughes.com

Innovation: CorrConnect Web Site
Recipients: Daniel J. Dunmire, DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office - Washington, DC, U.S.A.; Susan Louscher, College of Engineering - The University of Akron (Developer) - Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.; Isabel Manalac, Game Services Group, Inc. (Developer) - Makati City, Philippines
Corrosion Control Category: Other—Corrosion Information Center
Description: CorrConnect.org is an e-learning corrosion Web site that combines corrosion courseware, videos, and interactive simulators to provide an online resource center. CorrConnect.org comprises interactive courses that translate high-level textbook content into engaging animations and games; video documentaries and simulators that combine game principles with real-life data and statistics that can be used for training and decision-making.
Web site: http://www.corrconnect.org

Innovation: Corrosion for Everybody
Recipient: Alec Groysman, ORT Braude College of Engineering, Oil Refineries, Ltd. - Haifa, Israel
Corrosion Control Category: Other—Book
Description: In this new book, the author discusses complicated problems in an easy-to-understand manner, and provides some new explanations relating to the causes of corrosion, including thermodynamics of oxidation of iron and mild steels in water, reversible and irreversible potentials, influence of temperature on electrode potential, the nature and causes of polarization, polarization curves, corrosion of metals in fuels, corrosion of storage tanks containing fuels, and microbiologically influenced corrosion.
Web site: http://www.springer.com

Innovation: CorrSim Corrosion Simulation App
Recipients: Daniel J. Dunmire, DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office - Washington, DC, U.S.A.; Lorri Nicholson, Bruno White Entertainment (Developer) - Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.A.; Luis Manalac, Game Services Group, Inc. (Developer) - Makati City, Philippines
Corrosion Control Category: Other—Corrosion Protection
Description: CorrSim is a single-player, turn-based computer simulation app for Facebook and iPad intended to teach students about the environmental factors that cause corrosion on man-made structures, the consequences of corrosion on the economy, and what can be done to protect the structures from corrosion. The fully interactive simulator combines basic corrosion and corrosion protection principles with graphics and animations in order to create an experience that is both engaging and effective.
Web sites: https://apps.facebook.com/corrsim/ or http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/corrsimulator/id474401180?mt=8

Innovation: Severe Wastewater Analysis Test
Recipients: Rémi Briand, Tnemec Company, Inc. - Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.; Linda G.S. Gray and Brent Drader, RAE Engineering and Inspection, Ltd. - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Brad Krantz, Corrosion Testing Laboratories, Inc. - Newark, Delaware, U.S.A.; Randy Nixon, Corrosion Probe, Inc. - Centerbrook, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Corrosion Control Category: Testing
Description: The Severe Wastewater Analysis Test is a laboratory cabinet test that simulates a sewer headspace environment for testing the performance of protective coatings and linings intended for use in severe wastewater environments. Results obtained with the test cabinet assist coating manufacturers and end users in rapidly evaluating candidate coating systems for accelerated wastewater headspace conditions.
Web site: http://www.tnemec.com

Innovation: Zerust Flange Savers
Corrosion Control Category: Chemical Treatment
Recipients: Efim Lyublinski, Northern Technologies International Corp. - Beachwood, Ohio, U.S.A.; Marcelo Schultz, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ronnie Singh, Zerust Corrosion Prevention SA - Sorocaba, Brazil; Keiji Uemura, Zerust-NIC (Taiwan) Corp. - Taipei, Taiwan
Description: Zerust Flange Savers are specialty covers made from a polyolefin-based film impregnated with volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCIs). When the flange assembly is enclosed within a Flange Saver, the Zerust VCIs are released into the enclosed cover space. The VCIs migrate into all the recessed areas and are adsorbed onto the metal surfaces. The adsorbed VCIs form a thin, protective film at the metal surface to provide corrosion protection.
Web site: http://www.zerust-oilgas.com

Innovation: Zerust ReCAST-R
Recipients: Efim Lyublinski, Northern Technologies International Corp. - Beachwood, Ohio, U.S.A.; Marcelo Schultz, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ; Ronnie Singh, Zerust Corrosion Prevention SA - Sorocaba, Brazil
Corrosion Control Category: Chemical Treatment
Description: The Zerust® ReCAST-R system dispenses special volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) into tank vapor spaces through dispensers mounted on the tank roof. The inhibitors migrate throughout the tank vapor space and adsorb onto all exposed metal surfaces, creating a protective film on the metal surface that retards corrosion. This Zerust system has been proven to be highly effective at Petrobras, where it increased tank roof life from five to six years to 30 to 40 years. This simple, self-regulating system has no moving parts and no electrical/electronic components. Inhibitor replacement can be accomplished while the tank is in service.
Web site: [High resolution photos are available upon request.

About Materials Performance: Published monthly, Materials Performance (MP) is the world's largest circulation journal dedicated exclusively to corrosion prevention and control.

About NACE International: NACE International, The Corrosion Society, based in Houston, Texas, has 28,000 members in 110 countries. It is recognized worldwide as the largest professional association dedicated to protecting people, assets, and the environment from the impact of corrosion. Founded in 1943, the Association offers technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, publications, and software to prevent and mitigate corrosion.

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