Materials Performance

OCT 2018

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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8 OCTOBER 2018 W W W.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM NACE's STG 43 Provides Standards for the Railcar Industry T he assignment of NACE Interna- tional Technical Coordination Com- mittee's (TCC) Specific Technology Group (STG) 43, "Transportation, Land," is to promote the development of techniques to extend the life of land transportation equipment. The committee's focus is pri- marily developing standards and reports for industry best practices regarding coating system application and corrosion control in and on railcars, targeting owners, operators, and repairers of railroad tank and hopper cars. The group also hosts Technical Infor- mation Exchanges (TIEs) through its Tech- nology Exchange Group (TEG) meetings. The railcar industry, like many other regulated industries, has found a need for standards that foster best practices. One main STG 43 objective is to help provide consistency in the industry's selection, application, and inspection of coating sys- tems for railcars. And as the North Ameri- can rail fleet expands to accommodate con- tinuing demand from the oil and gas sector, NACE standard practices can indeed con- tribute to that consistency. The two largest of six sub-fleets within the revenue-earning fleet of North Ameri- can freight cars are tank cars (~500,000) and covered hopper cars (~550,000), together representing ~60% of the total fleet, and the primary focus of NACE land transportation standards produced by STG 43 task groups (TGs). NACE standards such as SP0398, "Rec- ommendations for Training and Qualifying Personnel as Railcar Coating and Lining Inspectors," are used to develop training for railcar coating system applicators and inspectors and are also included in coating manufacturer application specifications as guidelines for railcar shops. Some of STG 43's standards are written to satisfy regula- tory requirements, such as SP0516, "Guide- lines for Data Collection and Analysis of Railroad Tank Car Interior Coating/Lining Condition," which provides guidelines for inspecting, rating, and documenting the condition of interior coatings and linings in railroad tank cars to comply with U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49, Part 180. "Our ability to do our jobs and continue our businesses hinges on the training pro- grams and work procedures we establish using NACE standards, and demonstrating Visit www.nace.org/jointcc to learn more about STG 43 and other STGs that represent your industry. Please direct any questions about the TCC or STGs to Ardjan Kopliku at TechnicalActivities. Division@nace.org and include "TCC (or STG) Questions" in the subject line. Shaping the industry starts with you— join a NACE STG and share your expertise! There are no additional fees required for participation in the STGs or other NACE TCC committees. Not a NACE member yet? Call FirstService toll-free today at 1 800-797-NACE (6223), or send an email to firstservice@nace.org. to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and U.S. Department of Transporta- tion that such standards are in place and that we are following them," says Jim Molnar, NACE member and a past STG 43 chair and current chair of several TGs. "We have a vested interest in reducing chaos and introducing some level of uniformity in our industry for both commercial and regula- tory reasons." New TG 535 has been established to study and report on potential corrosion issues when transporting crude oil, and methods for ongoing mitigation. The STG also maintains an ongoing liaison with Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS), one of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations that are linked to the Railway Supply Institute. STG 43 has a very active membership, but there is always room for more folks who wish to participate. STG 43 and the current committees meet during CORROSION in the spring and in the fall during Corrosion Technology Week. So, if you are interested in finding out more about how you can par- ticipate in our 14 current TGs and two cur- rent TEGs, log into your NACE profile and join STG 43. As a member of the committee, you will be advised when a consensus body (ballot pool) is being developed for an STG 43 standard or report. Hope to see you around! —Dan Emerson, Chair, STG 43 NACE NEWS

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