Corrosion Committee board

The chemical degradation and electrochemical corrosion of structural and functional materials, apart from being an inevitable consequence of thermodynamics, is a huge cost to modern industrialised economies.

The original cost of corrosion survey, the "Hoar Report" was commissioned in 1971 and estimated that the cost to the UK economy was between 3-4% of GNP per year. Similar surveys undertaken in the USA and Japan shortly afterwards also arrived at similar annual costs. More recently, a new survey was commissioned in the UK for which the Institute, through the Corrosion Committee, undertook some contractual work. Although more limited in scope this concluded that the cost was still of the order to 2-3% of GNP per year. The recently concluded "Cost of Corrosion Survey" undertaken by NACE International within the US context also produced a similar figure. Some improvement then but not really very much!

It is difficult to conceptualise the scope of such losses however, an effective (albeit naive) way is to consider an annual loss of 3% of GNP as equivalent to the entire infrastructure of the country disintegrating due to corrosion processes in about 30 years! Or on a more personal note that corrosion cost around £600 per capita per year; that's equivalent to around 1-2p/£ for each taxpayer.

Aims & objectives

The primary function of the Corrosion Committee is to represent the Institute's interests in this important matter. We have found increasingly that liaison with external bodies with similar interests is vital to the promulgation of our remit. Hence, we have strong links with a number of UK, EU and International bodies including the Institute of Corrosion, European Federation of Corrosion and NACE International, and seek to operate collaboratively with them at all times.

Membership of the committee comprises academic, industrial and government colleagues and enquiries about committee activities are always welcome. If a longer term commitment is not possible, we are also keen to encourage individuals, on an occasional ad-hoc basis, to come along to committee and provide input on specific matters of interest.

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