In this one-day course, participants will learn about the principles of offshore corrosion and various ways of protecting metal structures in different offshore environments through lectures, demonstrations and real-world cases.
Offshore wind is becoming one of the world’s major energy source, with many countries relying on its produced electricity. Therefore, the reliability and durability of offshore wind turbines are of the utmost importance. During this one day course, participants will gain insights in how corrosion effects the offshore wind turbines. For this, micro-biological and chloride corrosion are evaluated as main drivers for offshore corrosion. Several methods to protect the structure against corrosion are evaluated, such as cathodic protection and coatings, and real-world cases are discussed. To hand over this knowledge, the lectures will be given by experts from Vandervelde Protection BV, a leading Dutch company in the field of cathodic protection with more than 80 years of experience in protection against corrosion. Guest lectures from Deltares, Bjond and Smart AIS complement the course. An introduction to the offshore structures is given first, followed by seven in-depth lectures provided by industry experts. These lectures will be accompanied by several demonstrations and real-world cases to put the theory into practice.
In this course, participants will gain insights in different protection methods against corrosion in the offshore wind, such as passivation, coatings and cathodic protection using sacrificial anodes (SACP) and impressed current systems (ICCP), etc. For this, they will learn how the environment influences the corrosion processes via micro-biological corrosion and chloride corrosion. The combination of lectures, demonstrations and real-world cases creates an interactive and effective setting for the participants to gain the knowledge of these topics.
This course has been developed for professionals working in the offshore wind industry, or for those who are soon to start a career in this sector. It is designed for participants with an engineering background, either by a BSc diploma, higher education, or by 5 years of relevant work experience in similar industries. It is valuable for engineers who would like to understand the corrosion processes offshore and who are looking for ways to prevent or mitigate the effects. Furthermore, it is effective for generalists who work closely together with engineers who are active in the corrosion sector, to strengthen the understanding of their work.
Understanding the type of offshore wind structures vulnerable to corrosion
Comprehending the chemical and material processes of corrosion
Identifying various corrosion environments and understanding how these influence the corrosion
Understanding how biological corrosion effects steel structures
Understanding how chloride corrosion effects steel structures
Understanding how cathodic protection can be applied to prevent corrosion
Identifying the strengths of coatings in preventing corrosion
Gaining insights from real-world offshore wind corrosion cases
In the morning, the offshore wind structures prone to corrosion are discussed, such as the foundation and the wind turbine. The driving principles underlying corrosion are discussed next, which are evaluated for different environments. For this, both chloride and micro-biological corrosion mechanisms are discussed by guest speakers from Smart AIS and Deltares. The morning continues with a lecture on different protection mechanisms and their working principles.
After the lunch, the working principles of protection mechanisms are demonstrated in the lab by protecting metal using sacrificial anodes. This is followed by a lecture on and demonstration of cathodic protection mechanisms. The knowledge of these principles is then used in a lecture on the state-of-the-art Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP). The last lecture of the day will be on coating protections by Bjond Innovation and the day will finish with an exam and drinks.