For businesses working with metal, be it machinery or material, corrosion is one of the biggest potential problems. Corrosion can really affect the longevity of your business and so if you’re an owner of vessels, it is important that you have a solution for corrosion.
Impressed Current Cathodic Protection System (ICCP)
With the use of Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) system, your vessel will be protected from corrosion and its effects. An ICCP system provides a solution to corrosion that is specific to your needs and requirements. With the use of a state-of-the-art system, monitoring and maintenance will be easy.
How does the ICCP system work?
An ICCP system works on the principle that the current, that flows on to any metal, shifts to a normal potential in the negative direction which results in corrosion. By impressing the right amount of current to the surface, the potential of the surface will be shifted to a level where the surface will not corrode.
You might be curious about how you can check the effectiveness of an ICCP system to make sure you will not encounter corrosion-related problems. Here is a list of ways to effectively use an ICCP system:
- Analyze the design of the ICCP system
By analyzing the current condition of the ICCP system, you will be assured that you have the right specification. This way, you can rebuild or adjust the system according to your need. Over-protection can affect the coating layer, thus minimizing the effect of the system. An effective system will provide information of the coating condition.
- Connect the ICCP system to the vessel management system
By connecting the ICCP system to the vessel management system, you will be provided with a continuous flow of data needed to monitor the correct degree of protection in any given situation. This will ensure easier access to all pertinent information to effectively select the correct and optimum protection.
- Evaluate the dielectric shield coating
The ICCP system should have the correct thickness for its shield (i.e. capastic coating or capastic epox). This is important for the prevention of shortage of the anode current to the hull and for aiding wide current distribution to the hull.
Corrosion is a problem that should be addressed as early as possible. With an ICCP system, you will have a more protected vessel, lower maintenance costs, and uninterrupted business.