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The costs pertaining to corrosion are immense: a DNV-GL report sets all-round corrosion costs at more than 500 billion EUR for the European region alone, generally +/- 3.8% of the European GDP. The SOCORRO project aims to provide companies with an independent means to assess the corrosion risks in their installations, to increase their awareness and to have them take appropriate preventive actions. To this end, we created a simple, rapid, in situ sensor system able to monitor a range of environmental markers over time to determine the risk of corrosion of steel submerged in water, as well as a statistical method to mine these data for an overall corrosion risk estimate – in short, the SOCORRO system. This will be tested in different industrial environments - ports, ballast tanks, offshore energy installations, process water, wastewater and coastal structures. 

To slow down the corrosion rate and extend the life cycle of metal constructions, we approach the corrosion challenge in a completely innovative way: we address the information gap described before by connecting traditional knowledge on corrosion rates measurement with online sensor measurements, big data analysis and Internet of Things-based methodologies to follow-up the evolution of these measurements. This allows for action against corrosion on a local scale (at which corrosion acts) and not on a general level (which is how companies usually combat corrosion). Additionally, we will develop methodologies for stimulating the general awareness and receptiveness of the industrial actors on the issue and on the opportunities to cut costs by addressing corrosion prevention differently. Based on the practical demonstrations we will develop a training programme and a business development case aimed at an enhanced capacity building in the appropriate sectors.

The SOCORRO project is funded by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme for a total budget of 5.5 million EUR and is carried out by a consortium of 15 partners in England, the Netherlands, Northern France and Flanders under the coordination of Antwerp Maritime Academy. The project started officially in March 2020 and lasts till September 2022.

More information about the project can be found at the project website. More information: research@hzs.be.