Monitoring and optimization of cathodic protection of devices for civil and industrial applications

Working Group

Investigation on this field arises from the necessity to have highly durable products, both in the civil and industrial sectors. During their service life, the metal parts of manufactured products undergo corrosion phenomena that damage them, potentially causing serious problems to both the environment and people. Therefore, the research group develops suitable “monitoring workstations” that use data acquisition systems, in order to monitor the currents and potentials involved in the particular device under examination. This approach allows the identification of the critical factors that generate the observed corrosion phenomena and provides the basis for the research of a suitable solution case-by-case, by using sacrificial anodes and/or impressed current anodes. To achieve this goal, the research group develop customized electrical control boards and current and potential probes able to carry out the necessary monitoring of the involved parameters.