Dalhousie University Researcher Answers Deep Panuke Call for Proposals
A Dalhousie University team led by researcher Dr. Georges Kipouros is working to develop a novel, low-cost portable sensor to detect the onset of corrosion under coating, insulation and paint on offshore facilities.
The sensor will be highly sensitive so that it can detect the onset of corrosion due to the defects of coatings, paints or insulations.
Early detection and diagnosis of corrosion will allow for better maintenance and extend the life of offshore structures.
There is also potential for the electrochemical sensor to become a valuable tool in the continuous monitoring of external corrosion.
This research is being funded by Encana Corporation who has committed $132,000 to the project.
There is potential with this research to develop better quality coatings and paints and improved techniques in the applications of coatings.
“The use of the sensor will help the investigation of the integrity of coatings and paints which are used to prevent corrosion. Dr. Kevin Plucknett is collaborating in the characterization of various coatings in regards to protection from corrosion. The effect of the weather conditions on the coatings will be assessed by Dr. Zoheir Farhat who will investigate the erosion corrosion using the sensor” – Dr. Georges Kipouros, Dalhousie University
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