Today, corrosion measurements in process plants, soils, or atmospheric conditions are usually a part of expert-conducted surveys, the results of which are presented to end-users in written reports. This project is based on the need for implementing corrosion sensors as a process control tool, because the information on actual corrosivity of the environment is crucial for effective corrosion protection. Implementation of on-line and real time monitoring enables operators to take immediate counter measures if corrosion is accelerating and decrease thus the costs of corrosion.
The proposed project includes two dimensions. The first one is related to optimisation of the direct accessibility of the data for the end-user with minimum need for interpretation. The second dimension is related to the accuracy and reliability of the sensors in their individual application platform. This part of the project is focused on three broad areas: indoor and outdoor atmospheric corrosion sensors, fluid or soil media corrosion sensors for internal or external corrosion detection, and sensors specifically designed to detect non-uniform corrosion.
The most innovative objectives of the project consist of (1) high sensitivity and reliability of the sensor device, i.e. short time to response; (2) small size and battery driven measuring device, which can be placed virtually anywhere and monitor the aggressiveness of the environment under long times; (3) simple operation demanding no special skill of the personnel; (4) possibility for remote control due to GSM reading; and (5) detection of localized corrosion. To achieve the objectives, strong expertises in three fields of technical activity, i.e. corrosion engineering, metal deposition, and electronics, must meet each other.
The main principal areas of application of the sensor devices are industry, telecommunications, transportation, electronic equipment, and cultural heritage protection.
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