Materials.Business Weekly ⚙️

July 27, 2021

Quote of the week: ''Just imagine what you can do” - Richard Branson, entrepreneur (England, 1950) during a trip to the edge of space on July 12th, 2021.

From The Editor's Corner

Educating Corrosionists, a duty more severe than ever!​ ​

We are not prepared

​Some people say that the three oldest and most stable institutions worldwide are the army, the church, and the university because their conservatism has been a “protective shell” for centuries. Here we are including education and the educative system. The Panamanian “eduprenour” Ana Lorena Fabrega did a graphical benchmarking remembering us how different today’s industries like telecommunications, computing, music, television, and aerospace are (shifting from the Wright Brothers and Santos-Dumont to the Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos aircrafts), compared to where they were a hundred years ago. Besides, the educational system has remained essentially unchanged since the 19th century. Fabregas concludes that our educational system is obsolete, and we as actors of such a system don´t doubt that.

On the other side, concerns about global warming and sustainability of the Earth as our home are growing fast. The Effects are becoming more than evident, and catastrophes are increasing permanently. Also, the sustainability of our current society is putting us at risk, as has been shown with the coronavirus pandemic. Environmental and social sustainability is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced. The challenges are more complex than ever, and the solutions needed could not be more straightforward. Socio-economic concerns have been amplified by accelerated technological disruption through confinement, including automation, virtualization, and digitization of many parts of jobs. A situation where technology is competing not only with our skill but also with our talent. Threats for workers at all levels, including Corrosionists in many field labors (e.g., inspection), but also in the lab (because of robotic R&D), in the plant (because of robots), or in the office (because of artificial intelligence, etc.). That means a severe impact on different sectors, including industry, academy, and services. The labor market is changing profoundly, both in the subjects of interest and how to do the jobs. One of the immediate consequences has been the emergence of the so-called GIG economy or a labor market characterized by free-lance and short-term work contracts. Work is changing too, but education is not yet!

A call for action

​As a counter measurement against such huge risks, probably the main established driver has been the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda for Sustainable Development promulgated by the United Nations six years ago. The SDGs reflect a strong recognition among nations, businesses, and non-government organizations of the need to improve economic, social, and environmental conditions worldwide as the only option of a promising future for our descendants. Moreover, it is becoming increasingly clear that sustainability is closely tied to the protection of materials. Human development is supported by the possibilities of the materials. The planet is finite, materials are becoming scarce, their production and usage is the main reason for the anthropogenic causes of global warming, prices increase permanently, and access to high-quality materials consequently decrease increasing inequality. The SDGs are 17 and watching on the list, it is easy to conclude that materials handling and protection are directly related to most of them. Of course, one of the starting issues is SDG 4 – Quality Education. The correct answer to the challenge of proper materials handling starts with the education of people. In particular, the appropriate education of professionals in charge of materials and asset protection, Corrosionist working now, and the new generations to be prepared must receive the best teaching and training for threats mentioned initially.

From call to action. Switching to move

​One of the spaces for discussing how to improve (or disrupt, if possible) higher education is the International Academy of Technology, Education and Development – IATED. A conference on education and new learning technologies is organized every year, and the 13th one was held at the beginning of this month (EDULEARN21). One of the papers presented in this opportunity was entitled “Concept-based corrosion education – can experiential learning and case stories help?”. Authors are four experienced and renowned professors of corrosion from three different countries, and three various programs: Maria Victoria Biezma (University of Cantabria, Spain), Paul Linhardt (Technische Universität Wien, Austria), and Isha DeCoito & and Yolanda Hedberg (The University of Western Ontario, Canada). This range of criteria and experiments led to an analysis of the current situation of corrosion education in Europe and North America, and, finally, proposing some well-proven practices in teaching corrosion science and engineering. Authors started by recognizing a shortage in Corrosionists, associated with a low priority of the topic within the academia, resulting in a low number of professors and a gap of chemistry knowledge with engineering students, and vice-versa, a gap of materials knowledge with the chemistry students. Finally, a big difference between academic vision and actual requirements in practice—a multidisciplinary question that needs to be resolved by universities in the face of the threats and challenges. The procedure of the study aimed to assess the relevance of some of the known active learning methodologies on corrosion learning, seeking to link theoretical concepts and practical applications. Finally, four teaching strategies have been established as recommendations that can follow, seeking to improve corrosion education’s impact and reduce the gap between the university and the world outside. In principle, the strategies are both curricular and extracurricular, and in their background, there is a much better collaboration into the frame of the Triple Helix Academia-Industry-Government. In addition to all the theoretical fundamentals required, education and training must be accomplished with self-learning supported by a strong linkage with practice by didactic practices as storytelling of actual cases, outdoor sightseeing tours, field trips to industrial sites, and industrial guest lectures. We can say that this is one of the ways that we can promote from academia, the industry, and the government. Also, we can say that there are many others to be developed. However, time is of the essence, and we must hurry to prepare the Corrosionists the world needs: More open-minded professionals, with a deeper specialization, but simultaneously strongly transversal, innovative, entrepreneurial, resilient, able to face the world. Significant threats, grand challenges, but great Corrosionists ready to answer expectedly. This is an issue of the Triple Helix, but we, the Corrosionist, have the ethical duty of promoting the change.

Remember: Protection of materials and equipment is a profitable business!

Prof. Carlos Arroyave, Ph.D. Editor.

Materials Biz News

Non-intrusive corrosion monitoring

The new Plantweb Insight Non-Intrusive Corrosion application for non-intrusive corrosion monitoring complements the existing, when instrumented with in-line probes, changes in corrosion risk can be detected within minutes, allowing sites to take corrective action before damage occurs, Plantweb Insight Corrosion applications allow users to access and analyze data from pipe thickness monitoring sensors and probes online at their desk and obtain advanced real-time analysis to assess risk and the impact of corrosion or erosion on the asset or plant.


CEA develops a process to improve the recycling of photovoltaic panels

The central technology of the new recycling process for photovoltaic panels, the Grenoble laboratory dedicated to the energy transition of the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, is interested. To bring it to industrialization, the researchers will work within the framework of the European photorama project, the agreement of which was signed in June 2021. It will associate the CEA Liten with several industrialists, including the Italian Enel Green Power and the Spanish automation cooperative Mondragon Assembly.


Electrical transmission asset inspection

A safe and effective flight is founded on drone hardware, but transmission towers present a challenging environment for any aircraft; they may be in windy or wet areas, and their power lines are difficult to maneuver around. In this case, drone operators fly hardware that’s purpose-built for such a challenging environment. The hardware:

● Is lightweight but rugged, allowing for agile operations

● Includes guards on its rotor blades to mitigate damage or injury that could occur on contact

● Has multiple rotors for redundancy

● Is deployed with a high-resolution camera, enabling the operator to balance data fidelity with safe handling



Structural Engineer for the blue economy

Position: Senior Structural Engineer

Seeker: Wood.

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

The basic profile of the candidate:

● Education: Master in engineering design and detailing civil and structural offshore works, including ocean structures, should be conversant with international codes and standards.

● Experience: Major experience between 10 to 15 years, should be from offshore works, specific to upstream Oil & Gas facility design specific to jackets and topside facilities.

● Skills: Must be well conversant in SACS also experience in SESAM, MOSES and other Offshore analysis software’s like STADD Offshore are preferable, advance jacket related analysis like Jacket spectral Fatigue, Seismic and Pushover analysis, Geotechnical and Pile foundations stick-up and drivability using GRL WEAP is preferable, and experience in modeling and model review software like E3D / PDMS / PDS / Navisworks is preferable

Job description: Wood is seeking a Senior Structural Engineer willing to taking responsibility for one or two offshore units, including leading & controlling about 6-12 team members, reporting to the Lead Structural Engineer, and coordinating with other disciplines, project & site team for Structural inputs, schedules, and related issues, preparing and checking calculations and MTO.

Ph.D. scholarship opportunity

Position: Ph.D. scholarship

Seeker: Technical University of Denmark.

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark.

The basic profile of the candidate:

● Education: Two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree in physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, soft matter, or equivalent

● Skills: Experience with synthesizing polyelectrolytes, surface grafting techniques, or characterization techniques like AFM, QCM-D, and ellipsometry will be preferred.

Job description: The Ph.D. project will focus on how the chemical structure of monomers and different types of counterions can be used to tune the swelling behavior of polyelectrolyte brushes and how these properties can be used to reduce the binding strength of ice to the layers. The project will thus contain a part focusing on the synthesis of polyelectrolyte brush layers, focusing on the physicochemical characterization of the brush layers, and finally, a role focusing on studies of ice association. A particular focus will be on a new class of polyelectrolytes termed polyionic liquids (polyelectrolytes which feature an ionic liquid cation or anion in the repeating monomeric units).

Insulation and painting supervisor

Position: Insulation and painting supervisor

Seeker: Met T&S Limited.

Location: Bursa, Turkey

The basic profile of the candidate:

● Education: University Degree or Diploma in relevant discipline or equivalent.

● Experience: Minimum five years experience in construction and modernization of large Petrochemical plants/ EPC projects.

● Skills: Native Turkish speaker and fluent in English also FROSIO level 3 or equivalent NACE certificate is mandatory, excellent IT and analytical skills, attention to detail, excellent communications skills including strong interpersonal, team-oriented skills, self-motivation, and direction, with a strong bias toward timely performance and problem resolution.

Job description: Met T&S Limited is seeking an insulation and painting supervisor willing to schedule and check that the same is in line with Construction schedules and contractual commitments also to check that the said schedule is kept to, and to promote action to recover any delay and to check that the equipment and human resources employed by the Subcontractor are adequate and that the works performed by the Subcontractor conform to design documents, Safety regulations, and to the Quality level fixed by the same.

Networking & Knowledge Exchange

Master painters institute MPI Commercial Coatings Summit. Virtual and in person

Master Painters Institute (MPI) and the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) (formerly NACE International and SSPC) is offering a two-day event to deliver a technical program that unites different areas from across the commercial coatings industry you will be hear presentation of numerous current issues from commercial coatings industry, including the state of the industry, strategic industry shifts, the role of standards in coatings and a variety of other topics.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, August 18th, and 19th, 2021.

Collective Intelligence for Additive Manufacturing. Virtual

AM Industry Summit, powered by ASME will be sharing a two-days event connecting engineering, manufacturing, product design and technology professionals across multiple industries, providing fresh perspective and collective intelligence to transform obstacles into opportunities and forge new paths and brings together the automotive and aerospace industries with leading solution providers to share knowledge, connect with experts, and find ideas to accelerate their use of additive manufacturing.

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, August 3rd, and 4th, 2021.

Invention-Con 2021: Capitalizing on your intellectual property. Virtual

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) will be offering a three-day space for inventors, makers and entrepreneurs to hear from business and government experts about turning ideas into innovations, protecting your work, and accessing valuable resources that can help you succeed in the marketplace, presentations and workshops will cover:

● Putting your creativity to work

● How IP applies in various fields, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, fashion, music, and literature

● Types of IP protection: patents, trademarks, and copyrights

● Marketing, manufacturing, and building a competitive advantage around your ideas

● Fun, free educational resources for kids and teens

Dates: Wednesday to Friday, August 18th, to 20th, 2021.

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