Corrosion management is of paramount importance to senior management and is a tool to manage asset integrity. Companies should have a robust corrosion management system comprising approved policy, plans, and targets; strategy; processes and procedures; controls and checks; structures; professionals; and resources.
An effective corrosion management program is necessary for successful operations. This process starts as early as the conceptual design phase, and it continues throughout the design life of the facility.
In the early stages of development, a comprehensive list of all probable corrosion threats should be compiled. From there, each threat is evaluated based on process conditions, past experience, industry standards, and simulation models.
CM is aimed at reducing the End Users cost of corrosion, predicting and preventing failures, improving plant availability, optimizing inspection and monitoring methods, promoting corrosion knowledge management, sustaining and enhancing corrosion prevention improvement, development and deployment of new and existing technologies. It is a structured approach to control, monitor and protect an asset’s mechanical integrity related to several material degradations.
Corrosion control practices are generally well-understood by the majority of industries that contend with different corrosion degradation mechanisms. To help asset owners with corrosion control, the products for chemical treatment, corrosion-resistant materials, protective coatings and linings, inspection, online monitoring, cathodic protection, and corrosion consulting expertise, etc. are readily available. Given that most asset owners have access to information and expertise about corrosion damage mechanisms and their means of prevention, why then do corrosion leaks, failures and accidents continue to occur, and infrastructure continues to be lost due to corrosion?
One important reason society continues to witness corrosion degradation and the resulting health, safety, economic and environmental consequences is that corrosion control knowledge is not applied effectively. While there are a multitude of reasons why corrosion knowledge may not be effectively implemented (e.g., lack of resources, pressures to address higher priorities, business short-sightedness, etc.), in nearly all cases, development and implementation of a corrosion management can help optimize the use of corrosion control resources and produce more favourable business outcomes.
Keeping the above Corrosion Management Philosophy in focus, we have endeavoured to form a platform to invite Industry, academia, researchers, corrosion control service providers and visionaries to come forward to share, integrate and device to consolidate strategies to control corrosion menace to contribute to curtail corrosion related loss of the tune to 3.5-3.8 % GDP of the nation.
Dr. G.H. Thanki
Convenor & Chief of Technical Committee (ICECM 2020)
Technical Events Management Advisor