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EFC Working Party 19: Corrosion of Polymer Materials


A significant happening on the last day of EUROCORR 2004 was the inaugural meeting of the new EFC Working Party (WP19) on Corrosion of Polymer Materials. This had been proposed a few months earlier by GfKorr, one of the two German Members of the EFC. The proposal received support from other EFC Member Societies in Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and UK, which well exceeds the minimum requirement of four-country support for the formation of a new working party. The proposal was also supported by the EFC Science and Technology Advisory Committee, although only after much debate about the title. Views were equally divided between those in favour of "Corrosion of Polymers", and those who preferred "Degradation of Polymers". In the end it was decided to let the Working Party itself have the last say on the matter. During the inaugural meeting, the preference was for "Corrosion", since this is a working party of the European Federation of Corrosion. However, it was acknowledged that the corrosion of polymers does not conform with the generally accepted ISO definition of corrosion, which specifically refers to metals. For the purposes of WP19, corrosion has, therefore, been redefined as: "All processes involving the components of the material and medium which cause mass transport across the phase boundary and which may cause deterioration of the component or system".

In total, twenty-four people attended the inaugural meeting of WP19, and several others have expressed interest in joining it, including one person from the UK (Dr Tony Maxwell of NPL). Dr Rudolf Morach of Ciba Speciality Chemicals in Basel, Switzerland was appointed as Chairman of WP19.

The objectives of the working party are:

  • To improve harmonisation of the theoretical understanding of corrosion mechanisms leading to the sustainable use and safe application of polymer materials, using a European network of experts to assemble the present understanding in the field of corrosion of polymers,
  • To identify the needs for further research, both in basics and application,
  • To valuate existing testing methods,
  • To promote new investigation methods, and
  • To foster pre-normative work on an international basis".

It is hoped that cooperation with all other international groups working in the field of corrosion of polymers will attract new people to attend EUROCORR in future. The possibility of seeking financial support at a European level (e.g. via COST) to cover travel costs associated with meetings to discuss joint research work is under consideration. 


Review on EUROCORR 2017

From September 3rd to 7th, 2017 the European Corrosion Congress EUROCORR has been held in conjunction with the 20th International Corrosion Congress as well as the Process Safety Congress 2017 in the beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic. The EUROCORR as annual conference of the European Federation of Corrosion EFC is the flagship event in the field of European corrosion science. Uniquely in the history of the EUROCORR series, it has been co-organised in 2017 together with the International Corrosion Council ICC and Center for Chemical Process Safety CCPS. The event can be considered as largest EUROCORR ever held including 741 oral presentations and 278 posters and attracting 1388 participants from 62 countries and 49 exhibitors.

The Working Party WP 19 “Corrosion of Polymer Materials” contributed to the annual corrosion conference by organising a successful session on “Polymers and Advanced Materials”. The first part of the polymers session has been held on Wednesday mornings, focussing the aging behaviour of and lifetime analysis on polymers by the following lectures:

• Peter Guttmann (Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria): Deformation and aging behaviour of polymeric foams,

• Margit Weltschev (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung BAM, Berlin, Germany): Investigations on the degree of damage of polyethylene grades as materials of heating oil storage tanks after a service life in excess of 25 years,

• Markus Schilling (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung BAM, Berlin, Germany): Damage of PE-HD due to environmental stress cracking induced by liquid media - FNCT testing,

• Jürgen Heinemann (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany): Influence of profile structure of large spiral pipes on thermal insulation properties and internal pressure resistance,

• Kevin Waterton (Intertek Production and Integrity Assurance, Manchester, United Kingdom): Compatibility testing and life estimation of non-metallic materials for oil and gas service,

• Markus Haager (AGRU Kunststofftechnik, Bad Hall, Austria): Fluorinated thermoplastic materials for the construction of corrosion resistant gas scrubbers.

While on Wednesday afternoons the session of WP 20 “Corrosion & Corrosion Protection of Drinking Water Systems” took place, within the second part of the polymers session on Thursday mornings, the properties and the behaviour of advanced materials have been addressed:

• Ramesh Chinnakurli Suryanarayana (Alliance University, Bangalore, India): Corrosion behavior of aluminium 6061-silicon nitride-carbon fiber hybrid composite,

• Evangelia Karaxi (National Technical University of Athens, Zografos, Greece): Corrosion behaviour, mechanical integrity and self-sensing properties of bulk reinforced concrete,

• Ondrej Chocholaty (University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic): Effect of heat treatment of aluminium bronzes on corrosion resistance,

• Igor Chaves (The University of Newcastle, Australia): Corrosion trials of composite perlite aluminium foam.

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Thanks to all authors, the attendees of the polymers session participated in a demanding scientific programme focussing on various topics regarding polymers and advanced materials. Additionally, several interesting posters have been presented by and discussed with the respective authors within the poster party on Tuesday evenings.

Furthermore, WP 19 “Corrosion of Polymer Materials” contributed to the session of the World Corrosion Organisation WCO on the “Impact of corrosion on potable water supplies” on Monday morning by a lecture of Jürgen Heinemann (DIN CERTCO, Berlin, Germany) regarding Testing - Inspection - Certification: Qualification of plastic pipes at a glance.

 Finally, the perfect organisation by the Czech Association of Corrosion Engineers (AKI) and DECHEMA, including Tomáš Prošek, Roman Bender and many others, has to be acknowledged. Without their efforts EUROCORR 2017 would not have been such a great success.

 Jürgen Heinemann, 10.01.2018



Report: First Workshop on Corrosion of Polymer Materials, Sept. 2004



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