Cathodic Protection Training Field
This facility is a training field for students and industries interested in cathodic protection of underground structures. By a hands-on course, or a series of courses, the trainee will learn policies, procedures, and techniques used on real cathodic protection systems such as current demand, drainage points, soil resistance, etc. At the end of the training, the trainee will be able to carry out basic procedures performed in cathodic protection systems for underground structures.
Enhancing NCERCAMP’s Capacity to Support Research
This facility supports applied research to address the high industrial demand for workers with technical knowledge regarding cathodic protection systems in underground structures. This facility offers technical training on cathodic protection systems to students in the Corrosion Engineering Degree program as well as students from the Corrosion Associate Degree at The University of Akron. The goal is to provide the trainee with the basic knowledge on cathodic protection to either continue with a higher level of education on this matter or to use this knowledge to be applied directly in the field and cover the high demand for trained workers. In addition, this facility can be used to train industrial personnel who need to acquire basic knowledge on cathodic protection systems to be applied in the field. This facility is not meant to teach only the basics on cathodic protection systems (NACE CP1, NACE CP2 level) providing course completion certificates.
Equipment & Lab Uniqueness
Cathodic Protection is the second most used methodology to prevent corrosion in underground structures, just after coatings. Corrosion, an electrochemical phenomenon by nature, occurs when metal becomes anodic to another structure that is cathodic. The anodic reaction is the metal dissolution. Energy must be applied to the system in order to revert the direction of these reactions. Then what was anodic becomes cathodic and vice versa. This is the rationale of cathodic protection and there is no underground structure that is not cathodically protected. Practically every industry requires cathodic protection systems for underground structures. The Oil and Gas, Transportation, Chemical, Petrochemical, and Nuclear industries as well as municipalities and the military all require extensive use of cathodic protection systems. The cathodic protection training field at The University of Akron will fill out the lack of trained workers with basic knowledge on cathodic protection systems that industry and government desperately need. Industrial workers will receive a basic training and a course completion certificate that allow them to continue working with the certainty of knowing policies, practices and techniques for implementing or improving company procedures. At the same time, the cathodic protection field will train people from the Corrosion Engineering Degree and the Associate Corrosion Degree programs at The University of Akron with basic technical knowledge on cathodic protection systems to either continue to a higher level of education on this matter or use this knowledge to be applied directly in the field and cover the high demand for trained workers.