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October 12, 2010
PRCI Participation in NACE Corrosion Technology Week
PRCI staff and many of the PRCI member company representatives attended the recent NACE Corrosion Technology Week (CTW) Conference which was held from September 19-23, 2010, in Orlando, Florida. There were over 450 attendees that participated in 97 separate meetings sponsored by the NACE Technical Committees. The meetings were held to review, revise, modify, and/or update NACE standards and reports that are either up for renewal or are in the development process. The CTW conference also included a number of Technical Information exchanges, where presentations on topics related to corrosion management challenges were made.
The CTW meeting included discussion on a number of NACE standards that are being addressed through active and recently completed PRCI research projects and/or research program focus areas. One of the key elements of the recently executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PRCI and NACE is greater engagement between the two organizations and identifying opportunities for PRCI research projects to support the development of new standards and modification of existing standards within the NACE Technical Committees. Consistent with that objective, there were two separate presentations made at CTW on the findings of research being conducted by PRCI to address Cathodic Protection criteria and their potential relationship to the revised version of NACE SP0169. These presentations were made in the TEG 016X technology information exchange session (Cathodic Protection and Corrosion Control Research & Development) and included the Variable Cathodic Protection Criteria project (PRCI Project EC-3-5) and the Determine the Effectiveness of -850 mV “On” Criterion project (PRCI Project EC-3-6).
There were a number of standards reviewed at CTW that may benefit from ongoing research at PRCI. The PRCI Corrosion Technical Committee will discuss the outcomes from the NACE CTW conference at the upcoming Pipeline Program meeting in Montreal (October 20-21) and assess where PRCI can provide more direct support to NACE standards development/revision, either through current research projects or new projects to be defined for future ballot voting.
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