Marine Corrosion (Off-Shore)
Seawater is known to be an aggressive media which limits the use of most materials due to corrosion issues. The French Corrosion Institute, subsidiary of Swerea KIMAB established in Brest, France, works for many years in R&D and testing in the field of corrosion and gained well-recognized skills on seawater corrosion investigations.
In the membership programme there are 16 members consisting of material suppliers, engineering companies and end-users from oil and gas industry and other seawater-concerned fields. R&D projects which are of common interest are running and the major activities are:
- Corrosion of stainless steels and so called “seawater corrosion resistant” materials
- Galvanic corrosion in seawater
- Fatigue corrosion of stainless steel in seawater
- Investigation of the biofilm properties and its effect of the corrosion of stainless steel
The members meet twice a year to discuss about the R&D projects and to share their experience.
We are partner and coordinator of numerous R&D projects in collaboration with the industry, through join industrial and/or European programs. The projects mainly focus on the investigation of the corrosion resistance of materials used for seawater applications, such as stainless steels, nickel-based alloys, copper-based alloys, etc. The limits of applications for given materials and solutions for corrosion protection are also investigated in these projects.
We also use our technical skills for industrial consultancies which can be corrosion failure analysis, advice for material selection, corrosion protection design, field corrosion monitoring, etc.
Inspection and status control
With extensive experience from the seawater corrosion field we can perform on-site corrosion inspection of facilities using seawater applications (e. g. oil & gas, harbour, heat exchangers, desalination plants, etc.) and propose advices to fight existing corrosion.