Rawa, Poland, 2017

11th Annual Conference of the Polish Corrosion Society “State-of-the-Art Anticorrosion Technologies”

Rawa Mazowiecka, Poland, 10-12 May 2017  ·   EFC Event No. 423

On 10th -12th May, the Ossa Congress Centre near Rawa Mazowiecka hosted the 11th Annual Conference of the Polish Corrosion Society titled “State-of-the-Art Anticorrosion Technologies”, the 423rd Event of the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC). This year's slogan was: New capabilities, proven solutions, qualified workforce – THAT’S US!

The conference brought together a record 200 people and 18 exhibitors, with 50 papers (including 2 plenaries) being presented in 9 thematic sessions. In addition to last year's sponsors the event gained two new benefactors - Graco and Vistal Construction. The conference was organised under the honorary patronage of The Road and Bridge Research Institute, the Polish Chamber of Steel Structures and the Polish Zinc Society.

The conference opened with the 13th Grand Corrosionist Medal being presented to Kazimierz Raduszkiewicz, and the Polish Corrosion Society's “Red Kite” prize for the best product/technology/event in the field of corrosion protection being presented to the company TORKRET Sp. z o.o. in the Best Job category and to GT Poland Ltd Sp. z o.o. in the Best Product Category.

The results of this year’s competition for the best engineering, master’s and doctoral dissertations were announced after the plenary session. In the doctoral dissertations category, the award went to Martyna Dymek of the Faculty of Production and Materials Technology of the Częstochowa University of Technology for her paper entitled “Encapsulation of LaNi5 powder molecules by modified nickel coatings as a means of enhancing the corrosion resistance of a hydride electrode”. In the engineering dissertations category, the prize went to Małgorzata Gonet for her work titled “Polyurethane anticorrosion lacquers”. The research work was carried out at the Polymer and Biopolymer Department of the Rzeszów University of Technology.

In the first plenary paper, Kazimierz Szadkowski from the Railways Office of the PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA (Polish Railways) spoke about maintenance instructions and technical conditions for designing the railway engineering facilities managed by the company, which owns approximately 96% of the entire railway network in Poland. The second plenary paper, “Why do new generation coatings peel?”, was read by Agnieszka Królikowska from the Road and Bridge Research Institute. Based on the results of research on delaminated coatings, the authors concluded that as well as the many common causes, such as bad substrate preparation, tensile forces, sudden temperature changes, late overpainting, and prolonged use without renovation, a frequent cause of delamination was inappropriate paint formulation.

The thematic papers were read in the following parallel sessions: Protective coatings, Anticorrosion and the environment, Energy and transmission networks, Corrosion and reinforced concrete protection, Electrochemical session, Problems of supervision inspectors, Transportation, Warehousing and refining, Coating application technologies. Selected papers will be published in the “Ochrona przed Korozją” journal.

The largest session was on protective coatings, with topics including the types and applications of powder coatings in industry, development of new coatings used in immersed environments, use of the stereological analysis in corrosion protection, the protection mechanism and areas of application of steel coated with Zn-Mg and Zn-Al-Mg coatings, application of a high-pressure water stream for preparation of new and renovated surfaces, and properties of galvanised coatings depending on the chemical composition and surface preparation of steel.  

The session on corrosion protection and environmental protection included the search for an effective replacement for Cr(VI) compound-based aviation primers, modern systems for preventing emissions used in galvanizing, and issues connected with anticorrosion work on structures inhabited by birds.

The energy and transmission networks session dealt with sulphur removal installations, protection of steel structures in the commercial power industry, and the hybrid method as an innovative technique for thermal spraying by means of a device for generating a supersonic stream of coating material.

The session on corrosion and protection of reinforced concrete structures included papers dealing with the repair and inspection of reinforced concrete structures, the modification of construction mortar and composites, and surface preparation using pressurised water.

The session on electrochemical protection included papers on the current status of cathodic protection normalisation, defect-free insulating coatings used in underground pipelines, the influence of pitting corrosion on the evaluation of resistance measurements of the corrosion rate, and the remote monitoring of cathodic protection parameters.

Regarding surface preparation issues, the topics discussed included surface preparation technologies of galvanised elements, abrasive-blasting using a dual-shot chamber, a modified process of zinc coating electrodeposition, chemical cleaning and hotdip galvanising.

The final session of the second day concerned the daily problems encountered by supervision inspectors and experts. Various research methods used in the quality control of galvanised steel structures were also covered. Issues relating to automation and robotisation of anticorrosion operations, the minimum level of knowledge of painters on the use and maintenance of equipment, and a liquid agent for reducing dust formation in dry abrasive-blasting were discussed in the coating application session.

In the evenings, as a break from the torrent of corrosion topics, entertainments were laid on including the DeGENTLEMEN band and a performance of Krystyna Stańko, a jazz singer, songwriter, lecturer of jazz voice studies and a radio journalist.

Małgorzata Zubielewicz

Conference Abstracts