Materials Performance

NOV 2014

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19 NACE INTERNATIONAL: VOL. 53, NO. 11 MATERIALS PERFORMANCE NOVEMBER 2014 Information on corrosion control and prevention coated structures ranging from 2.5 in wide up to 6 ft (1.8 m) in diameter. Brasher says that in addition to DOT traff ic structures, the EPC can be used for corrosion protection on prestressed con- crete cabling and suspension bridge cabling, rebar reinforcement systems, electric utility transmission and distribu- tion infrastructure, and storage tanks. Contact Jon Brasher, Ovanteā€”e-mail: jbrasher@ovantellc.com. References 1 ASTM B117-11, "Standard Practice for Oper- ating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus" (West Con- shohocken, PA: ASTM International). 2 ASTM D6677-07, "Standard Test Method for Evaluating Adhesion by Knife" (West Con- shohocken, PA: ASTM). 3 ASTM G154-12A, " Standard Practice for Operating Fluorescent Light Apparatus for UV E xposure of Nonm etallic Mat erial s" (West Conshohocken, PA: ASTM). 4 ASTM G151-10, "Standard Practice for Ex- posing Nonmetallic Materials in Accelerated Test Devices that Use L aborator y Light Sources" (West Conshohocken, PA: ASTM). Bibliography Brash er, J.H., et al . " Em erging Technolog y : Report on Development of an Enhanced Plastisol Coating System for Atmospheric, Transitional , and Soil and/or Water Im- mersed Applications on Steel Substrates." CORROSION 2014, paper no. 3906. Houston, TX: NACE International, 2014. Nitrogen generator inhibits corrosion within fre protection systems W hen dry and pre-action f ire protec- tion systems experience internal corrosion in their piping network, several problems can ensue for building owners and operators. The build-up of corrosion product deposits can reduce the eff i- ciency of the sprink ler system and water leaks from pinholes can cause property damage. According to NACE Interna- tional member Ockert J. Van Der Schijff, senior manager with engineering and sci- entif ic consulting f irm Exponent, Inc. (Natick, Massachusetts), the cost to re- pair a single pinhole leak in a sprink ler pipe is usually in excess of $1,200 per event. Even more alarming is that often times before the pinhole leak has oc- curred, tuberculation, scaling, and other MP submissions and leads for department. Contact MP Associate Editor Fax: E-mail: Continued on page 20 corrosion products have accumulated within the sprink ler piping, which cause obstructions that will slow down the water f low in the event of a f ire, or poten- tially plug a sprink ler head and render it completely inoperable. Dry and pre-action sprink ler systems are not charged with water, but use com- pressed supervisory gas instead, says Scott Bodemann, senior vice president of sales & marketing for South-Tek Systems, LLC (Wilmington, North Carolina). The pressure of the supervisory gas in dry sys- tems balances a valve in the sprink ler sys- tem with water line pressure until a pres- sure drop occurs when a sprink ler head is activated. Water is then introduced into the piping to suppress the f ire. Pre-action systems essentially utilize the same prin- cipal, but require activation of an addi- tional signal such as a temperature sen- sor or smoke alarm before the valve opens and water is introduced into the piping. Ty pically, dry and pre-action f ire protec- tion systems use compressed air as the supervisory gas to keep the piping system pressurized. However, compressed air from the atmosphere contains both mois- ture and oxygen, which can cause corro- sion of the steel piping. A proven solution to mitigate corro- sion in sprink ler systems is the use of compressed nitrogen instead of com- pressed air as the supervisory gas. The nitrogen displaces the oxygen within the sprink ler piping and effectively removes a signif icant contributor to corrosion. To meet the need for this continuous supply of compressed nitrogen gas, South-Tek has developed a corrosion inhibiting nitrogen generating system, the N 2 -Blast, that provides inert nitrogen specif ically for f ire protection systems. Many new dry and pre-action f ire pro- tection systems are constructed of hot- dip galvanized steel, although the use of black steel pipe is on the rise. In their paper that reports the preliminary f ind- ings of an exposure test experiment on piping materials currently used for dry and pre-action sprink ler installations, 1

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