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CORROSION PROTECTION | COLUMNS

Fall 2015

Sealed and A
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How to protect your energy and mining assets from corrosion.
BY TATSUYA NAKAGAWA

ccording to the World
Corrosion Organization,
the global cost of corrosion is estimated to be
$2.2 trillion. Corrosion is
defined by the degradation of a substrate due to its interaction with the
environment.
In the mining and energy industry,
a company's assets will get exposed to
very harsh conditions and without a
plan in place, it can quickly become a
very costly situation. It's well known
that it only costs a fraction of the investment to maintain an asset opposed
to replacing it, but it's not always implemented out in the field. A common
solution for tackling this corrosion
challenge is using a coating or lining
system to protect the substrate from
these corrosive elements.
In the early 1900s, there were only a
few choices to consider when looking
at these types of applications. Over the
years, the various options proliferated
and now there are thousands of choices
to choose from. To help with this process, we have narrowed it down to few
basic criteria that will help a company
make the right choice.

UNDERSTAND THE ENVIRONMENT
Whether it's in the oilfield project in
the Bakken or a mining operation in
South East Asia, temperature, humidity and weather can have a big effect
on the selection process of a coating.
For instance, in humid environments,
you need to find a coating that can cure
even when there is water present.
Epoxies generally require a temperature of 40F or 10C to cure properly
so, in cold climates industrial heaters
need to be utilized to increase the substrate temperature or a cold weather
application coating would need to
be used. Some cold weather coatings

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