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25 April 2007

Arresting corrosion

Advancing Mott MacDonald’s reputation for innovation is a prestigious R&D project supported by the UK Department of Trade and Industry’s Technology Programme. The project, ‘Enhancing the performance of pulsed current applied coatings in corrosive environments’, aims to further develop the patented LATreat™ process.

LATreat™ – developed jointly by Mott MacDonald and BAC Corrosion Control – is an advanced material coating technology that arrests accelerated low water corrosion in marine environments and imparts long-term protection against future attack in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable way.

The project aims to enhance and develop this technology by researching the fundamental mechanisms of the coating to optimise the process and develop the apparatus to ensure effective coating application. This will be achieved through research at the University of Manchester as well as on-site trials across the UK to commercially validate the technology. We have both a technical and project management role to ensure that the inputs from the various consortium partners, which include eight UK port owners, are brought together over the three year project period.

“The consortium is delighted that the DTI has recognised the importance of this innovative project which provides a unique opportunity for academia and industry to work together on solving a significant practical problem for the maritime industry,” says project leader Dr Neil Henderson. “A strong consortium of academics and practitioners has been established to successfully exploit this innovative technology and we are all relishing the challenge.”
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