March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Features

Improving Pipeline Corrosion Protection Systems with Computer Simulation

Computer-modeling technology has developed over a number of years and is now widely used to verify the performance of cathodic protection (CP) systems used in combination with coatings to manage the corrosion risk to underground assets. Modeling can be used to verify the protection provided by the CP system and optimize its design. For retrofit designs, modeling can be used to firstly gain a quantitative understanding of the state of the structures, the remaining life of existing anodes and estimated date at which loss of protection will occur. Modeling can also be used as part of the integrity management of underground assets by correlating the survey data with the model. This has the ben

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