Testing, Sensors and Modeling
Within the sphere of corrosion control and prevention, testing the corrosion resistance of materials is an important property requirement when selecting materials, protection and design of a structure. In addition, corrosion monitoring techniques providing direct and online measurement of metal loss/corrosion rate in real environments are necessary tools for maintenance and safety of a structure whatever the environment. The French Corrosion Institute (FCI), 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 corrosion testing and corrosion monitoring.
In the membership programme, there are members consisting of material suppliers, engineering companies and end-users. R&D projects which are of common interest are running and the major activities are dedicated to the followings topics:
- Development of corrosion sensor for indoor and outdoor atmospheric conditions
- Development of cathodic protection sensors for seawater applications
- Development and dissemination of corrosion testing
- Modeling of corrosion
We are partner and coordinator of numerous R&D projects in collaboration with the industry, through joined industry and/or European programs. As an example, FCI is coordinator of a European project namely ‘Protection of cultural heritage by real-time corrosion monitoring - Musecorr’ which aims are to develop sensitive electronic logger for continuous measurement of air corrosivity. Other strength of FCI is the experience in development of accelerated corrosion tests such as for automotive or building industry which has led to important capacity for corrosion testing.
Corrosion testing and Sensors
Equipped with a large number of accelerated corrosion testing chambers, we can perform on consultancy basis many different tests (according to International standards or end-users specifications) including conventional salt spray test, cyclic corrosion tests, Combined UV/Salt spray tests ..etc. Sensors for on-line atmospheric corrosion measurements are available in steel, zinc, copper, silver and nickel materials for indoor and outdoor atmospheres, as well as sensors for cathodic protection. Other sensors may also be developed.