Corrosion engineering is the specialist discipline of investigating and managing corrosion in metals and non-metals, including ceramics. Our corrosion experts investigate the cause of corrosion and report on corrosion processes, including cracking, brittle fracture, crazing, fretting, and erosion.
Our understanding of the corrosion process allows us to determine the root cause of failure in a variety of systems, including water systems, chemical pipes, offshore platforms, turbine blades, cranes on construction sites, and equipment in petrochemical plants.
Examples of investigations carried out by our experts include:
- Microbiological induced corrosion
- Pin-hole corrosion of copper pipe
- Radiator corrosion
- Stress corrosion cracking of brass valves and pipe fittings
- System failures
- Transformer failure
- Underfloor heating
Advice from our experts has been used by governmental departments in the UK as well as in other critical industries to investigate corrosion development in complex and sophisticated systems. For example, when a crane collapse in Saudi Arabia caused the tragic death of the operator, insurers and loss adjusters turned to CEERISK to investigate. During the investigation, it was discovered that corrosion to metals used in the crane was one of the leading factors that contributed to the incident. Our corrosion experts then conducted thorough and detailed analysis that allowed us to report the root cause of the incident and identify all contributing factors.
The investigation of corrosion failures is very complex, and requires multidisciplinary testing and analysis to determine the root cause of failure. The use of highly sophisticated laboratory equipment is one way that our experts are able to study and analyse the physical evidence presented to us in a given case. But sophisticated equipment on its own cannot provide opinions to a high degree of engineering certainty. It is equally, if not more, important to have the correct experience and qualifications to be able to understand and analyse the laboratory findings of complex corrosion losses.