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Pre-Installation Corrosion Testing & Engineering

Our engineering team can perform pre-installation testing and diagnostic engineering services at the earliest stages of a construction project or product development. The goal is to evaluate environmental conditions, design practices and material selection, and other factors that could lead to corrosion issues. By identifying potential corrosion risks up front, our engineers can provide recommendations to minimize and/or eliminate corrosion risk in the most cost-effective manner.

Environmental Analysis
Corrosion is a reaction process that occurs as a result of interaction with the environment. MATCOR engineers are experienced in analyzing and evaluating environmental factors that can result in corrosion, using such methods as soil surveys, site evaluations, stray current analysis and water analysis. Corrosion mitigation strategies can be developed and implemented when the environmental analysis determines that corrosion risks are sufficient to warrant them.

Material Selection and Evaluation
Proper selection of materials is a critical component in minimizing corrosion risk. Based on the Environmental Analysis, our engineers can make material recommendations to minimize or eliminate corrosion. In addition, they will assess the potential interaction between dissimilar materials and make design recommendations to eliminate, minimize or negate the impact of dissimilar metals in a product or project design.

Coating Selection and Evaluation
The use of selective coatings is another important design element to minimize corrosion risk. MATCOR engineers can evaluate proposed coating materials and application procedures and/or make recommendations for the proper coating systems to optimize cost and effectiveness.

Preliminary Cathodic Protection Criteria Evaluation
Our engineers can provide recommendations as to the need for cathodic protection after evaluating corrosion criteria from the Environmental Analysis, and after evaluating the materials of construction and the use of coatings. Should this evaluation recommend the use of cathodic protection, we can provide conceptual designs and budgetary estimates in advance of a detailed cathodic protection system design.