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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.



S.V. Kamat
Distinguished Scientist


Paper Title: Corrosion In The Defence Sector


Affiliation: Distinguished Scientist & Director General, Naval Systems and Materials Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)


Abstract: The degradation of materials owing to corrosion is a critical issue for many industrial sectors and defence sector is no exception. Corrosion is seen in all weapon platforms such as ships, submarines, aircraft, helicopters, missiles, battle tanks and armoured vehicles; in armaments such as shells and torpedos as well as in military structures such as mobile bridges. Corrosion often results from improper material selection, inadequate design, or poor production and assembly practices. Design and production decisions often sacrifice life-cycle cost savings for up-front savings. It has been estimated that corrosion is the number one contributor to the life-cycle costs of defence equipments. As a result, most of our corrosion spending goes to the detection, assessment, and treatment of corrosion on fielded systems and infrastructure or to the repair of corrosion-damaged equipment or facilities. The cost of corrosion can be significantly lowered if the focus is on development of materials with better corrosion resistance and protecting corrosion-prone materials. A few examples of how we have approached corrosion related issues during material and component development for defence applications will be highlighted in this presentation.


Biography : Education : B. Tech (Metallurgical Engineering) -IIT Kharagpur, 1985 
Ph.D (Materials Engineering), Ohio State University, USA,1988 
 
Publications : 180 papers in International Journals  
HONORS AND AWARDS 
 
2008 : Metallurgist of the Year Award, Ministry of Steel 
2010 : Elected as Fellow of Institution of Engineers, India 
2012 : DRDO Scientist of the Year Award  
2013 : Elected as Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) 
2016 : Swatantryaveer Savarakar Memorial Award for Science and Technology 
2018 : Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Kharagpur



Krishnan Balasubramanian
Chair Professor


Paper Title: Innovative Corrosion Inspection Solutions for Oil & Gas Industries


Affiliation: Chair Professor and Institute Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai INDIA 600036


Abstract: The paper describes the new and novel technologies developed by the Centre for NDE at IIT Madras along with several of its startups for monitoring of Assets in Process Industries, particularly for the corrosion damage detection, characterization and estimation. This includes hidden corrosion detection using the advanced HOMC ultrasonic guided wave technologies implemented using the TAPS tool for Tank Annular Plate Critical Zone, CUPS and CRISP for pipe supports and pipe-soil interface inspection. The use of high temperature leave in place sensors allow for the guided wave structural health monitoring of the pipes using the GUMPS technology which also serves as an IOT platform. The inspection of under fluid components using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with ultrasound and sonar imaging tools in addition to visual camera permits the inspection of hard to reach assets such as piers, pipes, tank floors, etc. The same approach can also be extend to above ground tall structures such as stack, chimneys, boilers, etc. using aerial robotic intelligent drones that are equipped with artificial intelligence tools to provide rapid evaluation. Finally, the use of in-pipe robots for the inspection of remaining wall thickness and leak locations using acoustics, electromagnetics, and ultrasonic approaches will also be eluded.


Biography : Prof. Krishnan Balasubramaniam is currently the Institute and Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and also serves as the Head of the Centre for Nondestructive Evaluation which he founded in 2001. His research focus is in the field of Non-destructive evaluation with applications in the fields of maintenance, quality assurance, manufacturing and design.  
 
He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras (Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli, India) in 1984. He then graduated from Drexel University with a M.S. degree in 1986 and a Ph.D. in the year 1989. Before joining IIT Madras in 2000, he was employed at Mississippi State University. He has over 430 technical publications (including 205 refereed journal papers), 14 patents filings and has directed 24 PHD student dissertations and 48 MS student theses.  
 
In recognition for his outstanding contributions to research in the field of Nondestructive Evaluation, he was conferred with the ROY SHARPE PRIZE by the British Institute for NDT for the year 2012. He was also awarded the ISTEM Entrepreneurial Faculty Member Award for his entrepreneurial activities by Auburn University, USA in 2011 and the NATIONAL NDT AWARD 2010 by the Indian Society for NDT. He has served as a Board Member of the World Federation of NDE Centers (WFNDEC– www.wfndec.org) that is headquartered in Iowa State University, USA. He also received the ABDUL KALAM NATIONAL INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP AWARD for 2017 and the Life Time Achievement Award from IIT Madras in 2018. 
 
He has actively pursued international collaborations in the field of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) with several universities including Michigan State University (USA), Auburn University, Pennsylvania State University (USA), Iowa State University (USA), Imperial College (UK), University of Warwick (UK), Newcastle University (UK), Swinburne University (Australia), University of Bordeaux (France) BAM (Germany), and Fraunhoffer Institute of Nondestructive Testing (Germany). The student exchanges were support through joint funding from NSF (PIRE and IRES), Indo-US forum, IGSTC, CEFIPRA, and RCUK. 
 
He has been instrumental in the incubation of several startups including Dhvani Research, Playns Technologies, Detect Technologies, Trotix Robotics, HyperVerge, and Solinas Integrity and has jointly developed several new products through these companies.  
 
He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Nondestructive Evaluation (ISNT) and as the South-east Asia Editor for the Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation (Taylor and Francis). He also serves as the Associate Editor of Ultrasonics (Elsevier) and serves in the editorial board of the Journal of Structural Longevity (Techscience). He also is a board member of the World Federation of NDE Centers and the QNDE Scientific Advisor Committee.  
He is a Life Fellow of the Academia NDT International, Life Fellow of the Indian Society of Nondestructive Testing (ISNT) and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers.