Asia’s Largest Conference on Corrosion

Plenary Talk



Prof. Carmen Andrade
International Centre for Numerical Methods


Topic: Advances Controlling Corrosion in Concrete Structures


Affiliation: International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Barcelona, Spain


Abstract: Reinforcement corrosion is one of the challenges that affects the structural concrete. In order to avoid the carbonation and chloride ingress, standards and codes have provisions for limiting the concrete mix proportions and the crack widths in the concrete surface. However, there are not recommendations on how to assess existing structures or how to deal with the new needs of low clinker content cements. In present work will be summarized several advances of recent years that contribute to improve present situation: 
1) the content of the chapters on durability of fib Model Code 2020, which has incorporated a new limit state for durability: the deterioration limit state and has organized the provisions in levels from the prescriptions on the mix proportions to the use of advanced probabilistic models including that of the corrosion propagation period which can be applied to the existing structures,  
2) some inspection techniques for existing structures will be commented as well as the use of monitoring through sensors, 3) the application to the concrete surface of a new generation of corrosion inhibitors which are able to stop an ongoing corrosion and 4) the use of protective coatings that can also help to significatively delay the chloride and carbonation ingress. All of them are milestones to increase the necessary durability and safety of concrete structures.


Biography : Prof. Carmen Andrade worked as a scientist studying the durability of buildings, with particular attention at the corrosion of steel in reinforced concrete at the Institute of Construction Sciences “Eduardo Torroja” of the (CSIC) of Spain. She has authored numerous papers and edited several books. She has supervised more than 30 PhD theses. With an h-index of 60, she is arguably one of the best researchers worldwide in the areas of corrosion of reinforced concrete systems. Prof Andrade developed the GECOR instrument, which is widely used in assessing the corrosion condition of reinforced concrete structures. She has participated in and led various Standardization Committees and has been Chairperson of several international organizations related to her specialty (UEAtc, RILEM, WFTAO and Liaison Committee, which brings together associations such as CIB, FIB, IABSE, IASS, RILEM and ECCE. In RILEM, she has chaired three Technical Committees related to electrochemical techniques and chloride attack. She was RILEM President from 200 to 2003 period. She has been General Director of Technological Policy of the Ministry of Education and Science and Advisor to the Secretary of State Universities in the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain. She has received the R.N. Whitney Prize 2013 from NACE and Robert L’Hermite Medal 1987 to young scientists from RILEM, “Manuel Rocha” of the Presidency of Portugal” the “ALCONPAT” for the merits of the whole carrier, the Paul McIntyre Award 2020 from ICORR of UK, and the list of international recognitions goes on.



Kirk Hamilton
Senior Engineering Advisor


Topic: Technical Challenges with Transitioning to a Hydrogen-Based Economy


Affiliation: Senior Engineering Advisor 
C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc. , Edmonton, Canada


Abstract: Hydrogen is becoming an attractive means to assist efforts in decarbonizing economies around the world; however, the transition to hydrogen-based economies will require facing several significant technical challenges and innovation gaps along the way. This presentation will provide the audience an overview of the types of technical challenges facing stakeholders in decarbonized hydrogen production, transmission and distribution, underground storage, and end use. The presentation will pivot toward recommendations that stakeholders can follow to address some of these challenges and end with a case study on a global joint industry program that is evaluating legacy pipeline networks for hydrogen service that will help pipeline operators understand the impact of introducing hydrogen on the remaining life of their pipelines.


Biography : Kirk Hamilton is a Senior Engineering Advisor with 20 years of advanced applied research and development experience at C-FER Technologies in Edmonton, Canada on a wide range of upstream and midstream energy topics. In his current role, Kirk works on strategic and business planning for C-FER identifying, developing, and implementing CFER’s strategic diversification objectives. 
His current scope is addressing the technical challenges faced by global stakeholders in the transition to a hydrogen-based economy, in particular around pipeline transportation and underground storage of hydrogen. As part of this scope of activities, Kirk is working closely with the Transition Accelerator to assist the Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub in building up the hydrogen economy in the Edmonton area as one of the world’s first hydrogen energy hubs. 
In addition to his work for C-FER, he is also an active member of a number of American Petroleum Institute (API), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and International Standardization Organization (ISO) technical committees on equipment and materials codes and standards. Kirk obtained a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2001.



Mr. S. Jayachandran
Head of Department (Pipeline Engineering)


Topic: Oil and gas pipeline industry


Affiliation: Management Trainee to Head of Department (Pipeline Engineering)


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Biography : Mr S Jayachandran is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Annamalai University. He has over four decades of experience in oil and gas pipeline industry. He worked with EIL in various capacities from Management Trainee to Head of Department (Pipeline Engineering) from 1979 to 2004. Involved in design and engineering of both onshore and offshore pipeline system designed to handle natural gas, crude oil, refined petroleum products, LPG, etc. He has been associated with major onshore / offshore pipeline projects implemented in India. He was instrumental in developing standard specifications for material, construction, and work procedures. 
 
 
 
Presently he is Sr. Vice President with RIL and Heading the Pipeline Projects team handling onshore oil and gas pipelines for RIL group companies. Responsible for project development, project engineering, construction management and overall project management. He Joined Reliance in 2004 and played a significant role in implementing East West Gas Pipeline which had established world records for longest crossings using micro-tunnelling and HDD technology, Shahdol – Phulpur Gas Pipeline and Dahej – Nagothane Ethane Pipeline Projects, 1st Ethane Pipeline in Asia. He is a recipient of Mission Kurukshetra – Yukthi Award for innovation leading to significant cost reduction in DNEPL Project in RIL. 
 
He has authored a technical articles on Design, Construction and Commissioning of Heera-Uran Trunkline Project; Pipeline Field Hydrotesting, Design and Construction of EWPL Crossings and DNEPL. He is the current Chair of Pipeline Systems Division – India Chapter & B31.8 international Working Group - India.

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