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Corrode to heaven


I am delighted to see that a new survey of accelerated low water corrosion (ALWC) incidence and treatment has been sent out as part of the CIRIA 'Management of ALWC' project.

Having instigated the earlier survey in 2001, I will be interested to see updated responses.

It is updated observation that will yield the all important corrosion rate data. Respected researchers are leading the investigation, but the effectiveness of the publication will be enhanced by the responses received.

This is an opportunity for a new optimism to remove the prevalent pessimism that has pervaded this subject.

Now we must ask whether owners can be convinced of the extent of the attack sufficiently to abandon commercial sensitivities under the continued promise of confidentiality. This will help to make the current survey so comprehensive as to give back to all users a fair and complete picture of the UK incidence.

Tom Shelley, member CIRIA project steering group, Shelley Consulting Services, tomshelley@onetel. net. uk

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