World Corrosion Organization

Corrosion Awareness Day, 24th April

Corrosion Awareness Day highlights the estimated US$2.5 trillion annual cost of corrosion worldwide (3 to 4% of GDP of industrialized countries) reflecting in part many decision-makers in industry and government not fully understanding the consequences of corrosion and how critical it is to control it.

Corrosion Awareness Day 2021

New corrosion publications for Corrosion Awareness Day

On the occasion of WCO's Corrosion Awareness Day 2021, the French publisher “Les Techniques de l’Ingénieur" has released free of charge five engineering articles (in French and English) on five major corrosion issues regarding nuclear corrosion, seawater corrosion, coatings, inhibitors and tribocorrosion. Please click here to download the five English and five French papers. This offer is valid for 6 months starting from Corrosion Awareness Day, April 24, 2021

WCO President's Message for Corrosion Awareness Day

Current WCO President Prof. Damien Féron has released a video message to all for Corrosion Awareness Day on 24th April. To view his message, please click here (4:47, 167MB).

Events Overview

The COVID-19 crisis has made the traditional way of partaking in events - travelling, setting up a booth, and talking with as many people as possible - almost impossible right now, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on these opportunities. Virtual events, events taking place over Zoom or on the internet, are more important than ever and Corrosion Awareness Day (24th April) has also jumped on board and this year will be based on virtual events. A list of events is given below:

 


Corrosion Awareness Day 2020 

Webinar - Corrosion and Low Carbon Energies 

UPDATE - The presentation slides are now online. Click on the respective author below to view their slides! 

The COVID-19 crisis has an impact on nearly every aspect of life and we hope that you and your families are well. This year the World Corrosion Organization (WCO) has organized a Webinar dealing with Corrosion and Low Carbon Energies on Corrosion Awareness Day. The topic is of paramount interest at the moment because of the shift from fossil fuel-based energy production to low carbon energies. WCO has organized a panel of internationally renowned speakers on this topic.

Details: Friday, 24th April 2020, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST

Program:

Chair: Damien Féron (CEA, France)

  • Raul R. Rebak (GE, USA): Environmental Degradation of Light Water Reactor Fuel Rods in the Entire Fuel Cycle
  • Digby D. Macdonald (University of California at Berkeley, USA): Corrosion issues in Fusion Reactors
  • Gareth Hinds (NPL, UK): Cost reduction of water electrolysers via insights into anode current collector corrosion
  • Ralph Bässler (BAM, Germany): Corrosive CO2-stream components, challenging for materials to be used in CC(U)s applications
  • Polina Volovitch (ENSCP, France): Corrosion & solar panels

 You can listen to the presentations which show the state of the art and discuss current developments with the experts.

COVID-19 update 

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it's been named by the medical community, has now infected over one million people worldwide. Events across the globe have been canceled or postponed because of the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Corrosion Awareness Day is fast approaching and we encourage you to innovate and modify your initiative to an online format.  Other ideas could be to write an article or disseminate some news about corrosion Issues.

Have a look to the attached flyers from YoungEFC and the NACE Islamabad Pakistan Section (here and here) for inspiration. An overview of global events can be seen in the following table.

Let´s keep the spirit of the Corrosion Awareness Day and #stayathome

We wish you all the best for a successful activity and do not forget to report your summary with a photo after the event.

For further information concerning COVID-19 please visit the WHO web site.

 


Corrosion Awareness Day 2019

Report 

This year’s Corrosion Awareness Day saw a hive of activities around the globe. WCO President Damien Féron was extremely active giving presentations in China and then in France.

WCO Past President Prof. En-Hou Han organized a great event from 22 to 24 April in Shenyang, China. WCO President Damien Féron visited China for the event and was impressed by the number of participants, the diversity of them (from academics to around 10-year-old pupils) and the quality of the conferences, of the posters and of the corrosion experiments (see PDF file here). At the end of this event and at the initiative of Prof. En-Hou Han, they wrote and signed what was called the “WCO Shenyang declaration”. A copy of the document can be found here.

Further events were organized in France, Spain, Israel, South Africa, Pakistan, Portugal and the USA.  We have collated the best images from the events and put them into a gallery here.

Corrosion Awareness Day 2019 is in full swing!

Corrosion Awareness Day is in full swing yet again. On the 24th April each year Corrosion Awareness Day highlights the enormous costs associated with corrosion worldwide (3 to 4% of GDP of industrialized countries). For the first time, this year a webinar was organized where participants from around the world logged in and were able to  follow two presentations and interact with the online global community. WCO Director General Prof. Willi Meier presented the state of the art concerning corrosion and digitalization, which will pave the way for the WCO session at the EUROCORR conference in Seville in September this year. Furthermore, he emphasized the collaboration between WCO and Elsevier concerning corrosion information platforms on the internet.

In the second presentation, Roman Bender gave a state of the art address on online corrosion databases that are available and the requirements for comprehensive, quality data.

Willi said the webinar was an extremely successful event and is looking forward to seeing many of you in Seville later this year.

If you were able to participate in and/or organize events for Corrosion Awareness Day this year we would love to hear from you! Contact us at  with photos/links of your events and we will post them here on our page.

 


Corrosion Awareness Day 2018

 April 24th is Corrosion Awareness Day

Did you know that corrosion costs us an astounding US 2.5 trillion dollars globally?

Not to mention corrosion can cost lives and jobs…..

Corrosion Awareness Day highlights the estimated US$2.5 trillion annual cost of corrosion worldwide (3 to 4% of GDP of industrialized countries) reflecting in part many decision-makers in industry and government not fully understanding the consequences of corrosion and how critical it is to control it.

However, the potential to reduce that cost by $875 billion annually through appropriate application of existing corrosion abatement technologies is readily achievable through access to and use of highly experienced corrosion professionals, harmonizing standards, along with continuing education and training all underpinned by promoting greater corrosion awareness.

This year, to raise awareness of corrosion and the problems that it causes in conjunction with aspects of process safety in the chemical industry, WCO Director General Willi Meier gave a presentation at the 2018 Europe Regional TSC Meeting for CCPS (Center for Chemical Process Safety) in Paris titled “Learning from incidents:  Hydrogen Embrittlement Incident”. Attendees at this presentation learnt of the importance of good material selection, process controls, and regular inspection of equipment. When proper safety considerations and controls are established, the risk of hydrogen embrittlement failures is greatly reduced. His presentation was well received and roused interesting discussion at its conclusion and highlighted the need for closer cooperation between CCPS and the WCO.

If you were able to participate in and/or organize events for Corrosion Awareness Day this year we would love to hear from you! Contact us at with photos/links of your events and we will post them here on our page.

 


Corrosion Awareness Day 2017

Corrosion Awareness Day 2017 will see the WCO start a new campaign with the release of the Prague Communiqué. This campaign is aimed at highlighting the problems of corrosion and the Member Organizations ongoing commitment to develop and deliver corrosion protection solutions. To view the Prague Comminqué click here. If you have any questions or queries regarding the new campaign then please contact us here.


 

Inaugural Corrosion Awareness Day 2010

Corrosion Awareness Day 2010 – April 24,2010

The World Corrosion Organization designated April 24, 2010 as the inaugural Corrosion Awareness Day. Corrosion
Awareness Day is designed to highlight the estimated $2.2 trillion annual cost of corrosion worldwide (3 to 4 % of GDP of
industrialized countries) reflecting in part many decision-makers in industry and government not fully understanding the
consequences of corrosion and how critical it is to control it.

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