Friday, August 8, 2014

India - When steel is preferred by the industries as an economical material choice, they need to focus on improving the life of steel structures through corrosion control activities.

Steel is one of foremost structural materials used by industries in India. Industrial expansion, especially infrastructure development, allows higher consumption of steel because of its economical value. When the economical choice is preferred by the industries in India, they need to focus on improving the life of steel structures through corrosion control activities. The present status of corrosion awareness among these end-users for steel is not showing an encouraging sign to conserve this material. Worldwide surveys show nearly 3.5 to 4% of GDP is lost through corrosion losses. Our country is no exception to this corrosion, often termed as metallic cancer and number one life limiting phenomena for poor performance of assets made out of steel.  We see numerous incidents of steel pipe failures in various sectors. There are deadly damages reported in  gas transportation and chemical industries because of negligence on corrosion. Design houses should run the Life Cycle Analysis to select the suitable materials of construction and determine the needs for corrosion control and monitoring. The present status of corrosion awareness among Indian industries is very limited. Our government has to introduce corrosion prevention act for encouraging corrosion control efforts and conserving the precious material resources we have at the present time. There is a huge gap between the research establishments who focus on analysing corrosion as a scientific problem and the industries who expect economical value for the assets they establish, operate and maintain. 

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