Qatar University (QU) College of Engineering (CENG), in partnership with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) jointly organize the NACE Qatar Corrosion Forum, under the theme Towards Reduced Corrosion Costs in Qatar, which was attended by delegates on behalf of QU, NACE, Qatargas, DNV GL and others.

Corrosion refers to the result of electrochemical reactions between materials and substances in their environment and is a damaging and costly naturally occurring event.

In his opening remarks, CENG Acting Dean Prof Abdelmagid Hamouda said, The forum stresses the college’s role and commitment in supporting research on corrosion in collaboration with local and international universities and institutions. This event is important as it provides students with valuable opportunities to meet experts and scientists in this area.

He adds, This seminar is characterized by the presence of a number of scientists and researchers in this field from a number of research centers from various international universities. This seminar is one of the methods in which our faculty can connect with international researchers in the field of corrosion, with the aim of integrating all our efforts to serve academic and industrial sectors within and outside Qatar.

In his speech, Qatargas Director of Reliability Mr. Abdullah Al Hajri said, Qatar University is working to raise public awareness and develop future leaders to protect society as a whole from the negative effects of corrosion. Our mission is to ensure the understanding of risks and develop solutions for safe and reliable operations in the future.”

In his speech, NACE Qatar Branch President Mr. Mohsen Al Haddad said “We are very pleased to organize the first corrosion forum alongside Qatar University, a leading association for education and development. Corrosion continues to be a major threat to various industries and more needs to be done to protect society from its adverse effect. This forum provides a platform for industry and academia to participate in major corrosion issues and discuss the best ways to reduce it effectively.

In his speech, DNV GL Project Manager Mr. Ali Mousavi highlighted the importance of choosing the right materials to mitigate the risk of corrosion. He also briefed the audience on factors that could influence the strategy of selecting materials, ensuring that the optimum material section could lead to significant cost saving in the long run. He also stressed that the design for corrosion control and quality management in the construction and manufacturing phase are essential for the process and overall life of the asset.

At the last session of the NACE Forum, a panel discussion was held, which provided an opportunity for CENG industrial corrosion experts and students to participate in an interactive session on this important topic.

Source: Qatar University