Corrosion in the Marine Industry

Posted on August 27th, 2014 by

What is Marine Corrosion?

Corrosion is defined as the gradual destruction of a material by a chemical reaction with its environment. According to NACE International it has been estimated that the total cost of marine corrosion worldwide is anywhere between $50-80 billion ever year. The marine industry endures a harsh environment where corrosion is prevalent and if not controlled can severely impact individuals and companies.

In the marine industry, there are two basic types of corrosion you should be aware of for potential damage. Electrolytic Corrosion, also referred to as Electrolysis is stray current induced, while Galvanic Corrosion occurs from …
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Expanding the Panama Canal

Posted on August 25th, 2014 by
Panama Canal

On August 15th, 2014 the Panama Canal turned 100 years old. The celebration took place at its Miraflores lock and incorporated a Centennial Gala with over 2,000 attendees. This remarkable event celebrates one of the “seven modern wonders of the world,” an engineering feat that took over 35 years to complete. This milestone brings celebration, while marking a new era for the Panama Canal which is in its final stages of expansion.

The Panama Canal expansion was initially proposed in 2006 and restructuring began in September of 2007. The expansion was due to be done in time for the canal’s …
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The Basics of Pneumatic Valves

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by

In any system, valves are a necessary component that control a fluid’s pressure, flow rate and direction. Pneumatically controlled valves direct the flow of pressurized air which is crucial to your system’s success. Although the medium flowing through the system is fluid (the same as hydraulic or process water systems), how control is executed differs in many more ways than with a liquid.

Pressure Relief Valves

Pressure relief valves control pressure at the inlet port by releasing pressure into the atmosphere. Typically you can find relief valves in receivers or in air storage devices. Suitably, relief valves can also be …
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