Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course
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FUNDAMENTALS

An introductory course in the fundamentals of corrosion and pipeline corrosion control, to help persons with little or no experience in the field understand why underground pipeline corrosion control is so important. Topics include basic corrosion, coatings, cathodic protection and potential measurements.

Students are encouraged to take the complete Fundamentals Course and return the following year for the Basic Course. Students should bring a calculator to class.

Prerequisite: None.

Fundamentals Sub-Chairman: Robert Sperling

 

Class Descriptions

FUNDAMENTALS OF CORROSION MATHEMATICS AND ELECTRICITY

Fundamental approach to mathematic equations and formulas widely used in the corrosion industry. Topics covered include: common factors, Ohm's Law, electrical circuits, rectifier efficiency, and conversions of temperature and length.


PIPELINE LOCATING

Fundamental introduction to the workings of a pipeline locator and correct pipeline location methods.


FUNDAMENTALS OF CORROSION

Fundamental introduction to the theory behind the corrosion process. Basic corrosion processes and practical applications of corrosion control methods are discussed.


INTRODUCTION TO CATHODIC PROTECTION

Fundamental introduction to the theory of cathodic protection as it relates to underground pipeline corrosion control.


PIPELINE ELECTRICAL ISOLATION METHODS

Fundamental introduction to the theory and practice of electrical isolation methods.


FUNDAMENTAL INTRODUCTION TO PIPELINE COATINGS

Introduction to pipeline coatings and proper application methods used in pipeline corrosion control.


FUNDAMENTALS OF RECTIFIER MONITORING

General overview of the basic components of rectifiers and how they work. DOT requirements regarding rectifier inspections are also introduced.


INTRODUCTION TO PIPE-TO-SOIL POTENTIAL MEASUREMENTS

Thorough overview of equipment and field problems, as well as common mistakes made when taking cathodic protection (potential) measurements.


WORKSHOP


OUTDOOR CLINIC

Practical hands-on lessons using instruments of the trade.


FUNDAMENTALS VOLUNTARY TEST

For students interested in receiving a certificate of achievement, to acknowledge their completion and passing of the Fundamentals Course.

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