Copper Alloy Technology Exchange

Copper Alloy Technology Exchange

The behaviour of copper alloys in seawater, corrosion issues and methods of ensuring best performance will be under discussion at Technical Exchange Group TEG 523X: Marine Corrosion of Copper Alloys at NACE International’s Corrosion 2016 in Vancouver.

Taking place 7 March 10:00–12:00, chaired by Dominique Thierry of the French Corrosion Institute, the TEG will provide an informal opportunity to disseminate new information and also discuss existing experience and preventive strategies.

Copper alloys such as copper-nickels and nickel aluminium bronzes see wide use in sectors such as marine, oil and gas, offshore renewables and thermal desalination plants. Their high corrosion resistance means they are commonly used for piping, valves, pumps and heat exchanger tubing.

The TEG will include a presentation from Dr Roger Francis, former director of NACE, about his experience with copper alloys in marine environments and methods used to avoid corrosion problems. His accompanying publication, Copper Alloys in Seawater: Avoidance of Corrosion Problems, will also be launched at the event.

Jim Michel of Copper Development Association Inc. will provide an overview of a new Guide to Nickel Aluminium Bronze for Engineers, written by Ivan Richardson, offering information on their specifications and applications, corrosion behaviour and requirements for good service.

For further discussion of copper alloys at Corrosion 2016, Copper Alliance will be exhibiting at Booth 539. Technical experts will be on hand to answer questions and discuss methods of ensuring the best performance of copper alloys in a range of applications. The latest technical publications will also be available, free-of-charge.

Visit for more information on copper-nickels, with a focus on their use in the marine environment.

Copper Development Association is a non-profit organisation that promotes and supports the use of copper based on its superior technical performance and its contribution to a higher quality of life. Its services, which include the provision of technical advice and information, are available to those interested in the utilisation of copper and copper alloys in all their aspects. The Association also provides a link between research and the user industries, and is part of an international network of trade associations: Copper Alliance.