The hidden dangers of Corrosion under insulation

28 June 2018

'Predict' and 'monitor' were the most popular buzzwords at EEMUA’s Corrosion under insulation (CUI) seminar. This ever popular event attracted nearly 50 delegates from a range of companies across the engineering spectrum. The sectors represented on the day included petroleum, chemical, power generation, steel, nuclear and pharmaceutical. We were also delighted to welcome professionals from insulation providers and non-destructive testing houses. 

John Whitfield, EEMUA’s long-standing chairman, welcomed delegates and this was followed by a series of compelling sessions presented by a high level roster of speakers from renowned organisations such as Essar Oil UK, Syngenta and Axiom Engineering Associates.

The topics covered were diverse, but there was universal acceptance that CUI is one of the best known, yet the most ignored, corrosion mechanisms. The agenda explored the fact that CUI is a key concern for industrial asset owners as it affects a wide range of critical equipment. However, faced with greater revenue uncertainty, corporations are having to reduce staff numbers and budgets, and this cost-cutting is putting inspections and maintenance in jeopardy.

The consensus was that it is imperative that CUI is detected prior to serious damage or failure to the process system. The seminar reinforced the fundamental point that although CUI cannot be fully prevented, steps can be taken through the application of new technology, efficient design, robust painting systems, strong insulation standards and rigorous inspection to minimise the negative impact.

Whilst the presentations were clearly the highlight of the day, during breaks and at lunchtime, delegates were able to enjoy the exhibition space where Eddyfi Technologies and TesTex NDT were showcasing their products and services. It was a very successful event all round!

Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend, EEMUA will shortly be releasing the date for next year’s seminar and we are in the process of developing other ways to address this important industry issue.