A novel approach to corrosion monitoring and protection is investigated in different corrosive environments. The standalone Adaptive Corrosion Protection System (ACPS) works in a feedback loop to monitor the corrosion status and protect the target metal. Experiments in different corrosive mediums are carried out using a new stand-alone ACPS unit. A comparative study of the ACPS with the standard Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) is done in corrosive mediums at different temperatures and pH. Furthermore, a miniature transmission tower grillage structure buried in the soil is protected using the ACPS. The variations of the electrochemical parameters in different environments are studied and correlated with the macro-environment data. Dynamic ACPS can optimize power consumption by updating the protection parameters at a user-defined interval. Unlike the standard ICCP, the adaptive corrosion protection mechanism is a current-sourced system that effectively monitors and optimally protects the target structure.
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Thesis advisor: Kaminska, Bozena
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