MCTS El Bocal increases its capacity for early detection of marine corrosion

  • The SEACOREL project proposes developing a sensor network combined with a marine laboratory environmental monitoring system
  • This innovative initiative has been funded within the call for R&D projects in the ICT 2022 sector, promoted by SODERCAN

The CTC Technology Centre is working on developing and deploying a sensor network in the MCTS “El Bocal” marine laboratory to analyse the state of the materials exposed to marine corrosion in its facilities. This technology will also be combined with an environmental monitoring system to link the state of the sea to the effects of corrosion. The primary mission of this initiative, called SEACOREL, is to increase the testing possibilities of the “El Bocal” facilities and extend the information on degradation phenomena.

Corrosion is the main enemy of marine structures. NACE International, the world’s leading authority on this phenomenon, estimates that the cost associated with this phenomenon is between 2.2 and 2.5 trillion dollars per year. The MCTS “El Bocal” is CTC’s marine laboratory that studies the behaviour of different coatings, components, materials and sensors, among other things, when subjected to marine corrosion. It is a unique testing facility thanks to its privileged location in the open sea.

The Technology Centre seeks to increase the study and evaluation capacity of “El Bocal” with the SEACOREL project. This initiative, funded within the call for R&D projects in the ICT sector 2022 of the Society for the Regional Development of Cantabria (SODERCAN), is based on combining and analysing data from two systems.

CTC has developed a sensor to collect data from exposed materials for the early detection of corrosion and a monitoring system that analyses and communicates the environmental conditions to the marine laboratory. Thus, by combining information on corrosion progress in the samples with changes in parameters such as pH or temperature, we can predict how the materials will react over time.

By combining the two solutions, we can increase control of the service life of the elements exposed to the sea and anticipate potential problems stemming from corrosion. It also increases the testing capacity of the marine laboratory and provides the Technology Centre with more in-depth knowledge of the effects of this phenomenon to develop more effective and lasting solutions.

The sensor solution developed by CTC is designed to be suitable for other marine projects. It is a user-friendly and intuitive tool expected to be used in further research.