There’s no doubt that the corrosion protection market is an incredibly important and valuable one. With new developments surfacing every day, it’s important for us to keep up with the latest trends and technologies in order to ensure protection is done to our fullest capabilities.
Here are some of our favourite 2020 trends, and how they apply to the industry.
1. Oil & Gas Corrosion Protection Market Continues to Thrive
North America is a fast-growing market, with a boost in shale gas production in the U.S., and with Canada reporting over 572 trillion cubic feet of recoverable wet shale gas in 2016.
Africa has also seen recent oil and gas discoveries, and due to Asia Pacific’s rapidly growing population, the pace of the industrialization for oil and gas in this area is also set to increase.
The bottom line: the oil and gas industry continues to grow and we continue to see a need for corrosion protection here in the many years to come.
2. Cutting Edge Technology & Innovative Products
There has been an exciting promise for the future of corrosion control and the scientific advancements within the industry.
NACE’s International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion Technology (IMPACT) study estimates that the total global cost of corrosion to be around US$2.5 trillion.
This offers promise and demand for research, new materials, technologies and methods as the industry continues to grow. Researchers are now studying materials such as nickel to improve corrosion analyses and produce more corrosion-resistant alloys. They’re researching the benefits and applications of compositionally complex alloys, which are known for their corrosion-resistant capabilities, among other corrosion-resistant materials that help structures, such as steel alternatives in reinforced concrete.
As we see these technological advancements come to surface, we will be able to create a more effective and efficient process for corrosion inspection and protection.
3. The Environment is Considered
Corrosion is a worldwide problem that not only affects the industrial environment, but it also impacts the natural environment that surrounds us. It’s known that the corrosion and degradation of materials can pollute the environment, especially bodies of water (take rust for example), but there is a relationship of environmental acceleration that needs to also be assessed when it comes to protection. Essentially, corrosion protection and environmental considerations need to go hand and hand.
You’ll be finding more corrosion experts recommending solutions that not only protect the life of the asset but to also minimize the effect of environmental damage. Corrosion experts will also be recommending materials that have minimizing environmental impact.
4. Planning Protection at Stage 1 of Design is Crucial
Design engineers for equipment and structures need to be able to properly assess the impact of corrosion on the equipment’s lifecycle in order to lower catastrophic expenses.
Controlling the impact of corrosion requires designers and engineers to consider the effects at stage 1 of the design process. Working with material scientists and maintenance specialists will ensure that equipment parts work throughout the entire service lifecycle.
5. Using Earth’s Natural Materials
As we take better care of the assets that we protect and the environment in which they are contained, we also consider the scientific advancements and research development in the raw materials that the earth has already provided for us.
For example, a research group in Japan has been studying the effect that mixing anaerobic bacteria called Bacillus subtilis natto with concrete has on the deterioration rate of steel bars in reinforced concrete.
It’s advancements like these that add to the value and lifecycle of assets and that corrosion experts need to consider in the years to come.
The Coating Inspector is always working towards a better understanding of research, science and how to protect your largest assets for the long time possible.