Thursday, December 1, 2011

India - Corrosion Prediction - How do we relate the Prediction of Corrosion using computer models to the reliability of materials selected for a new design?

When a new design is attempted we come across many instances of proven and unproven experience on the performance of materials. If the reliability of materials is unproven, exploring their use in a process environment is risky. Can we rely on Corrosion Prediction using computer models to convert the Unproven experience into a meaningful design?

Various functions involved in the functional analysis of corrosion management are: Predict-Design-Apply-Monitor-Control-Assess. Reliability and effectiveness of this functional analysis is centered on the flow of information from one component to another and the quality of data it takes in for various processes. Any broken link or avoidance of any component leads to “Uncertainties” that reduce confidence levels of finding “Optimal” solutions to corrosion problems.

Prediction needs to be done to carry out any functional analysis. Our “Own Experience” is a good starter followed by using the appropriate software models available for industry specific applications (Truth: Significant development is noticed for Energy sector only) and gathering experience from similar plants and systems. Technology providers with specific skills in Prediction form a systematic approach of identifying the design requirements and providing integrated solutions.

(Source: Our “Iron Pillar” Way to Resolve Corrosion Management Challenges in India, Chemical Engineering World, Feb 2010)

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