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Combined effort to combat corrosion

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

U.S. and European military representatives discussed strategies and technology for fighting material degradation on weapon systems and facilities.

The workshop at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany focused on corrosion prevention and control

Source: Wilhei/Pixelio

The workshop at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany focused on corrosion prevention and control

Source: Wilhei/Pixelio

The U.S. military has teamed up with its European counterparts in what is rapidly becoming a worldwide effort to combat corrosion. Officials from the Defense Department's Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight, SSPC and NACE recently met for four days with representatives of the German, French, and UK ministries of defense at a corrosion prevention and control workshop at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.

The goal: to share strategies and technology for fighting material degradation on weapon systems and facilities. In discussions and presentations from April 23 to 26, corrosion experts discussed ways to battle corrosion on the world's aging fleet of aircraft, ships, submarines, and ground vehicles.

A "first" for the U.S.

The workshop was a first for the United States, said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the DoD corrosion office. "This is the first time that policy and technical experts have convened to share corrosion prevention policies, practices, and scientific expertise since the NATO School was founded in 1954,” he said. "Because Germany, France, and the United Kingdom are vigorously pursuing their own technological solutions to prevent corrosion, it only makes sense that we cooperate to discuss our greatest challenges and the best means of tackling them.”

Corrosion prevention will also be in the focus of the European Coatings Conference "Protective Coatings” on 12 and 13 September, 2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Among others, Dr Lars Kirmaier, Heubach, will discuss zinc-free anticorrosives. Please contact Moritz Schürmeyer for more information.

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