Application for 6 MEUR from EU
CMR recently joined a large European consortium consisting of researchers and industry partners to demonstrate that aluminium (Al) could be a competitive substitute of the traditional iron-based alloys in subsea and marine applications.
Last week we met colleagues from France and Portugal in Toulouse at a seminar organised by the Regine Basseguy from CNRS. The scope of the seminar was to discuss a recent EU project application which aims at understanding the intimate interaction between marine microorganisms, Al and Al-alloys.
AUTOBIOPAL proposes a paradigm change. First by demonstrating that Al alloys aided by certain bacteria, self-coat themselves with long-lasting natural protective coatings. Secondly, the project aims at promoting the use of self-coating aluminium towards various players in the Al market.
The AUTOBIOPAL proposal aims to increase the durability of Al alloys in various marine environments. By fully understanding the Microbial Activity influence on the material life cycle, the ambitious project will provide industries with innovative bio-solutions to efficiently protect marine Al-based structures.
Pushing the limits and forcing a paradigm change
Traditionally the marine applications of Al are limited to several tens of metres below the surface where its corrosion resistance is well documented. Nevertheless, marine operations down to thousands of metres depth are more common nowadays and iron-based alloys (steel) represent the workhorse of these applications. Unfortunately iron and its alloys are prone to corrosion which must be continuously counteracted by costly surface treatments (ex. coatings) and cathodic protection.
A Kelvin Probe for through-wall detection of internal corrosion on pressure vessels will be made. Christian Michelsen Research AS recently started a collaborative project with Statoil Petroleum AS and Gassco AS, which enables the development of the Field Kelvin Probe (FKP) - an innovative instrument for the detection of internal corrosion on offshore pressure vessels.
In 2015 CMR began 3 new projects in the field of corrosion detection. In groundbreaking work, funded by the Research Council of Norway, Statoil, and Gassco, new ideas in detecting corrosion through organic coatings and steel walls, will be tested. This autumn our scientists were among the presenting guests at the latest international corrosion congress (Eurocorr 2016, Montpellier 12th – 15th September).