Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) in pipingc systems consumes a significant percent of the maintenance budget in the petrochemical industry. Prevention of CUI by the use of (1) thermal spray aluminum, (2) stainless steel pipe, (3) expanded metal cages for personnel protection instead of insulation and (4) aluminum foil wrapping are discussed in terms of long term protection, installed cost and Life cycle cost.
Since 1982, there has been a move to Thermal Sprayed Aluminum (TSA) coating in the “splash zone” of offshore structures. Our experience indicates that an experience applicator, good surface preparation and quality of wire combined to achieve required thickness and apply the sealer to seal the entire surface.
This paper will consider the performance and relevance to static situations of the key types of Cathodic dip painting (CDP) Antifoulings (Rosin Modified types), the current tin free polishing types (typically acrylates of various types), and low energy surface types. Both field experience and laboratory work will be considered.