Wednesday, December 26, 2012

India - Corrosion Research - Industry-Academia Collaboration- NLC strengthens collaboration with NIT-T for corrosion control

Neyveli Lignite Corporation has expressed keenness to further strengthen its research association with the National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) in corrosion control.

After joining hands for two projects, the NLC is learnt to be actively considering approval of a third proposal by NIT-T.  R.Kandasamy, Director – Planning and Projects, NLC, expressed the desire of the navaratna company to strengthen the association while taking part in the colloquium organised by NIT-T’s Centre of Excellence in Corrosion and Surface Engineering (CECASE) earlier this month.

Mr.Kandasamy, who monitors acceleration of NLC’s research and development efforts in core business areas such as lignite mining, productivity of equipment, and availability of power plant equipment, initiated a collaborative project with NIT-T in December 2009 to find solutions for erosion-corrosion problems of storm water control pumps in mines.

Union Coal Ministry
Titled ‘enhancing the life of dewatering pipes in coal lignite mines by prevention of erosion and corrosion with nano crystalline surface’, the second project valued at Rs.2.94 crore was sanctioned for completion over a four-year period by Union Coal Ministry.

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Publication Date: 26 December 2012

1 comment:

  1. How do we attempt to research in corrosion if the selected control measures don't fetch us meaningful results?

    Scientific research for exploring new mechanisms and postulations
    Engineering trials on various technologies available in the market
    Economic analysis for Life Cycle Assessment of the subject system

    When we deal with material degradation effected by corrosion and associated damage mode, the first question that comes to our mind is: Is it a short-term scope or long-term goal

    for Industries? When Industries deal with corrosion problems, they will see short-term and long-term benefits depending on the resources including the finance they have for

    managing the system. For instance, they want their in-service people to have skill based training like attending time-bound courses/workshops/conferences for short-term benefits

    after they come across failures. Is it appropriate to use these short term benefits for seeing the long term goal of corrosion control? What should be the best way of having the

    long term management to ensure the asset life? Do we need to visualize the long term goal in the design stage itself?

    Scientific research is conducted for certain variables under controlled conditions leading to the development of new materials. When we start using the developed material in

    industries, many uncertainties arise for the deviations in the performance of materials. Industries in India do not have specific department for Corrosion Management to identify

    the causes for failures and provide the proper simulation inputs based on Life cycle Analysis to academic or research groups for finding the cost-effective solutions. Economic

    is the key factor in corrosion control. We need to formulate a central mechanism to use the knowledge, expertise and resources available in and out of India and develop feasible

    partnerships of acceptable technology value. Approximately 15 Acts and 19 Rules have been laid down for chemical management in India. The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986

    serves as an umbrella Act and can link other Acts in one way or another, without interfering with the autonomy of any other Acts / Rules.

    None of these acts address corrosion concerns. Considering the severity associated with corrosion problems and its influence on other management activities especially the
    environmental protection, our position is to identify the best possible way of controlling corrosion. It is common to see pipeline leakage resulting loss of drinking water in
    many villages, cities and metros. These leakages are not only questioning the conservation of water, but also leading to contamination and disease outbreak in many places.


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