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.
Hot dip galvanizing steel articles after fabrication is one of the most widely used methods to provide corrosion protection. As a final step in the process, the hot dip galvanized coating is inspected for compliance with specifications. Correct measurement techniques and accurate interpretation of the results are necessary to provide an acceptable hot dip galvanized coating.
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.