Friday, October 17, 2014

India - Rusty Water to Clean Water - Corrosion of pipelines and fixtures, a major material and health concern in water distribution systems

Water management and research establishments normally explore contaminants that originate at the ground source and pollutants discharged into the main water bodies. They ignore the contaminants that come through corrosion of materials used for water distribution. Present regulations and standards available for infrastructure design, water quality monitoring, operation of aged distribution assets and most importantly, hygienic aspects do not provide any encouragement for corrosion control. High level of Iron contaminant cases reported in many leakage incidents clearly explain the alarming situation of corrosion issue.

Our country uses mixed bag of old and new pipelines with major proposition of iron based materials to transport huge volume of water and distribute to numerous household connections. Contamination proliferates when water with original contaminants is transported through distribution system that uses a variety of unproven materials of construction and uncontrolled disinfectant process.

When iron contamination occurs, our immediate focus is on physical treatment like filtration to remove the unaccepted iron count or getting clinical based antidotes. Our water management agencies do not attempt to find the main causes for this problem and resolve it through proper operation and maintenance of supply network. Corrosivity of water will change from place to place based on the composition. Proper materials of construction have to be selected to suit the specific corrosive situation based on the life cycle analysis executed for the entire network. We need turn Water Rust to Water TRUST

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

India - International Conference & Technology Meet on Military & Marine Applications, IWCEM, 23-25 May 2015, Pune, India

IWCEM - Igniting Research for Application - International Conference & Technology Meet on Military & Marine Applications, 23-25 May 2015, Pune, India

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The IWCEM - International Workshops, Conferences and Expo for Military and Marine Applications, were initiated in the year 2008. The events had support and participation from across the globe involving the Defence Services, Shipyards, Coast Guard, Industries, Professional Bodies, Research Organizations and Academic Institutions. The feedback system indicated the events as technically rich and well received with users giving out new projects and accepting transfer of technologies. The fifth edition in 2012, initiated  an international technology meet in panel discussion format, synergizing and adding value to international cooperation in R&D and technology development.

IWCEM 2015
The IWCEM2015, with its motto ‘Igniting Research for Application’, conceives the event as an interactive platform for real time benefit to its participants. It provides opportunity to the industry for product display & presentations with the conference themes. While demonstrating the technical strength of participants in research & development, the technology meet concepts is expected review and initiate the international co-operation in process of product development and transfer of technology, accounting for futuristic user requirement and available R&D talent. The event will offer felicitations to veterans who have contributed to military and marine technologies.

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Source Date: 09 October 2014

India - School on Characterisation and Conservation of Archaeological Objects organised by INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy, CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur, 13-17 October, 2014

School on Characterisation and Conservation of Archaeological Objects organised by INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, 13-17 October, 2014

The ‘INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy’ was constituted in 1996 to carry out studies related to metallurgical heritage. Prof. S. Ranganathan (Professor, IISc/NIAS); formerly, President, Indian Institute of Metals) was the founder Chairman of the Study Group which is now headed by Dr. Baldev Raj (President, INAE; Director, NIAS) as Honorary Chairman. The Study Group is actively involved in promoting the cause of Indian heritage in metals and alloys as well as in the conservation of archaeological relics of the country. Long term sustainability of these activities calls for building of human resources and an inter-disciplinary approach involving metallurgists, material scientists, historians and practising archaeologists. A knowledge of the scientific basis of conservation as well as characterisation techniques are key to the systematic learning and practising of this profession.

 A five day ‘School on Characterisation and Conservation of Archaeological Objects’,  targeting students and faculties in archaeology, culture and archaeomaterials, is being organized by the INAE Study Group and will be held at CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory during 13-17 October, 2014. The school will cover classroom lectures by leading experts in various areas of conservation and characterisation, experimental demonstrations and visual displays.

Dr. S. Srikanth, Chairman
INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy &
Director, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur – 831 007, Jharkhand
Tel : 0657-2345202/2345028; Fax : 0657-2345213

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Global Corrosion Cost - NACE International Institute Selects DNV GL and APQC as Research Partners on Global IMPACT Study in Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, the UK, and the US

The NACE International Institute has awarded a contract to DNV GL of Dublin, Ohio and APQC of Houston, Texas for data management of the forthcoming International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion Technologies study (IMPACT).

Under the contract, DNV GL and APQC will manage the compilation, analysis and integration of research and data for the IMPACT study. Previous studies on corrosion costs have focused only on costs in the US in a few industry sectors.

The IMPACT study will provide a broader range of information by including global data, and by taking a corrosion management practice approach. In addition to analysing the cost of corrosion, this study will compare global practices in an effort to identify best corrosion management practices globally.

“The combined expertise of DNV GL and APQC is well suited for this study,” said Helena Seelinger, executive director of the NACE International Institute. “This is the first time such a comprehensive study of corrosion costs has been done. The amount and scope of data we are collecting requires masterful analysis and I am certain we’ve selected the right firms to get the information our industry needs.”

Managed by former NACE International president and longtime corrosion industry advocate, Elaine Bowman, the IMPACT study will examine the direct and indirect costs of corrosion on several industry sectors worldwide. With the global cost of corrosion estimated at more than US$ 2 trillion (US$ 500 billion in the US alone) the study will also identify opportunities, strategies and techniques to cut corrosion costs by as much as 30%.

“We recognise what an extraordinary opportunity this project presents,” said Neil Thomson, Vice President Pipeline Services, North America at DNV GL. “Contributing our expertise to something of such value and global importance to the corrosion industry is something we’re proud to do. The IMPACT study has the potential to be a game-changer for the way corrosion control is handled worldwide based on its focus on corrosion management practices.”

Global in scope, the study will focus primarily on information collected from Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, the UK, and the US. There are also several industry advocates worldwide who have committed to providing support and data to the study or have committed to serving as technology contributors.

“The widespread support for this study is remarkable,” said Lisa Higgins, President and Chief Operating Officer at APQC. “The co-operation of so many groups is resulting in an unprecedented amount of information on this topic. We are pleased to be partnering with NACE International and DNV GL to analyse and synthesize this data and develop a study that will be of value to corrosion industry leaders and policymakers worldwide for years to come.”

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Publication Date: 07 October 2014

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