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"Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre"(JECC)

30th Sept – 3rd Oct 2018 Jaipur, Rajasthan, India


Plenary Talk



Jeffrey L. Didas
Senior Technical Specialist


Paper Title: Above Ground Storage Tank Bottom CP - Lessons Learned and What we are doing Today


Affiliation: Senior Technical Specialist & Corrosion SME Matcor, Inc. 
Chalfont, PA USA


Abstract: We have learned a lot of lessons about CP for storage tank bottoms the past 100 years.  
 
This paper will discuss some of those lessons, how we have changed CP designs due to regulatory changes and what we are doing today to provide CP for the soil side of storage tank bottoms.


Biography : NACE International certified – corrosion specialist-cathodic protection specialist-protective coating specialist and chemical treatment specialist. 
SSPC – protective coating specialist 
BSEE Electrical Engineering – Thomas A Edison State University, Trenton, NJ USA 
ASEE Electronics Technology – Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA USA 
NACE member since 01-01-1975 
NACE President 2018 to 2019



George Sergi
Technical Director


Paper Title: Corrosion Control and Cathodic Protection of Steel Reinforcement: Past Present and Future


Affiliation: Technical Director Vector Corrosion Technologies Ltd


Abstract: Cathodic Protection (CP) of atmospherically exposed steel reinforced concrete structures is a relatively modern technique first utilised in the 1970’s. The technology has evolved gradually but consistently through a combination of trial and error and transfer of technology from related fields at the one end, and fundamental and applied research at the other. This lecture deals with the process of evolution of cathodic protection in the Civil Engineering Industry through fundamental research and understanding of the processes involved and predicts the future development of Corrosion Control in general and Cathodic Protection more specifically.


Biography : Dr Sergi is Technical Director at Vector Corrosion Technologies heading the Research and Development Department which develops products for durability of concrete and steel reinforcement protection and offers corrosion mitigation techniques for the Civil Engineering and Construction Industries. He is author of several international patents and has developed noble products for corrosion protection of steel reinforcement.  
 
He was formerly Technical Director and Head of Corrosion at the Building Research Establishment, UK and Technical Director at Aston Material Services Ltd. He had originally spent 20 years researching the fundamentals of concrete durability and corrosion as applied to steel reinforced concrete at Aston University. This included ionic diffusion and migration mechanisms in cementitious materials, metallic corrosion and passivation mechanisms, electrochemical remediation of steel reinforced concrete and its side effects, carbonation and neutralisation mechanisms of cementitious materials, the use of replacement cement materials for modification of concrete properties and the use of concrete coatings for control of reinforcement corrosion. He oversaw university research funded by TRL, BRE and the British Cement Association. 
 
Dr Sergi has published his work extensively and is the author or co-author of numerous special publications and Technical Notes including BRE Digests 444 Parts 1-3 and 491 on Corrosion of Steel in Concrete and Concrete Society TR73 on Cathodic Protection specifications. He has also taught corrosion by invitation at several international institutes and universities in France, Spain, Netherlands, Cyprus, USA and India. Furthermore, he has assisted overseas universities and Research Institutes in USA and India with research activities.  
 
He is Editor of the Construction and Building Materials and Case Studies in Construction Materials Journals. He is a member of Cathodic Protection Committee GEL/603 assisting in the editing and publication of BSI and EN Standards.