Friday, September 9, 2011

Do we conduct corrosion research for the simulated industrial conditions/failures? What is the present status of these activities in India?

There are two cases. 1. Development of new models/theories to solve future problems. 2. Utilisation of existing models to solve present day problems. If we keep on developing new theories without seeing the validity of existing models, the sufferers (industries) will be confused for the direction they have to follow. This confusion aids the makeshift personnel (corrosion issues handled by non-corrosion groups) to propose solutions with uncertainties. These uncertainties are the prime source for ineffective corrosion control. There will be an interlinking component for providing the best basis for case 1 development from case 2 observation.

Do we conduct research for the simulated industrial conditions/failures? It is not the question of simply changing temperature or concentration of inhibitors or materials. The success of any research study for extending product life cycle totally depends on how effective we simulate the conditions, conduct the tests under a controlled atmosphere and interpret in a meaningful way to address application issues for a variety of industrial conditions. This simulation comes from the knowledgebase available within the industry/sector/country/globe. The strength of knowledgebase in handling the complex issues is geography specific development and depends on the personnel available within the setup.

There is a huge gap between researchers and the practicing engineers; industries and academic institutions (students choosing corrosion discipline). This gap is evident from the utilisation of people who have got proper education in corrosion.

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