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JUL 2018

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14 JULY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM N ACE International 's third annual University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition (USDASC) was held for the first time at CORROSION 2018. Sponsored by BP and the NACE Foundation, the contest is the only student competition focused on designing technology for corro- sion control. Held in April 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the conference's Exhibition Hall, the two-day contest involved university students and military academy cadets from institutions, including the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Akron, George Mason University, and Pennsylvania State University. Each team had to include at least two students and one faculty advisor. Protective coatings are the most widely used method of corrosion control and account for ~90 percent of all expenditures for preventing and controlling corrosion. W hen a coating system is properly inspected and monitored, it can increase the usable life of a material while reducing replacement and maintenance costs. As such, a large portion of the contest involved designing a solution to detect coating damages, NACE explained. A ll branches of the military and nearly every major industry can experi- ence coating failures on structures, such as weapons systems, vehicles, ships, and facilities, especially in areas that are difficult to access. Inspection for corrosion or pre-corro- sion conditions, such as coatings wear or degradation, is often handled via a visual inspection. Some examples of these occluded spaces include box girders, under pipelines, and small spaces, such as fuel tanks and aircraft fuselages. Further exacerbating the issue, these areas are prone to collecting moisture, which can accelerate corro- sion. A ll protective coatings systems must be monitored and inspected regularly, and when necessary, remedi- ation efforts must occur to prolong the life of the coating and protect the substrate. As such, the challenge for the 2018 USDASC teams was to develop a system for corrosion inspection in difficult-to-access areas that could inspect, identify, and quantify any corrosion-related defects found inside the fixed structure; autonomously move through the structure without human touch; and communicate any informa- tion discovered to a team operator. e competition featured eight prototype robots to perform these tasks. e system had to also succinctly report within 1 square inch (6.5 cm2) the location of water; the presence of surface corrosion, location, area, and depth of corrosion penetration; and the extent and type of coating degradation. Teams also had to work within a fixed budget. Each team had to succinctly report findings in an easy-to-read format for judges and operators. e competition was judged by four corrosion industry experts with extensive experience and expertise in corrosion and coatings technology: Dr. Harvey Hack, Northrop Grumman Fellow at Northrop Grumman Corp.; Dr. Sean Brossia, corporate materi- als engineer at INVISTA; Dr. Ron Latanision, emeritus professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Dr. Neil ompson, senior vice president of DNV-GL's pipeline services department for its North American oil and gas business. Each team built an autonomous system for corrosion inspection to meet the various specific challenge param- eters and specifications. On Tuesday, teams took the stage to give oral presentations and introduce their proto- types for autonomous inspection. On Wednesday, teams demonstrated their robot's ability to negotiate obstacles and inspect for corrosion in a closed steel box. In the end, first place went to the U.S. Naval Academy team, second place to the LSU squad, and third place to the U.S. Military Academy group. In 2019, the competition is slated to return to Houston, Texas. For more information, visit CP Did You Know? The NACE International Foundation has been in existence within NACE since 1986. It was originally created as the Endowment Committee to provide members and other industr y professionals the oppor tunit y to donate toward scholarships for students and young aspiring scientists with corrosion control interests. In 2002, the Endowment Committee was officially transformed into what is now known as the NACE International Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote awareness and create educational oppor tunities for the future global corrosion workforce. As the only organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the interests of the future generation of engineers and professionals in the field of corrosion, the NACE Foundation has created many innovative and groundbreaking programs — including USDASC — that focus on increasing public awareness on corrosion issues. NACE INTERNATIONAL 75 NACE News Third Annual Student Design, Applied Solutions Contest

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