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Design and development of an electrochemical microcell for the quality control of industrial installations with corrosion resistance and asepsis requirements

Grant number: 16/08439-0
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: December 01, 2017 - August 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - Metallurgical Equipment and Facilities
Principal Investigator:Luis Henrique Guilherme
Grantee:Luis Henrique Guilherme
Host Company:Soudap Soldas Sanitárias Ltda
CNAE: Manutenção e reparação de tanques, reservatórios metálicos e caldeiras, exceto para veículos
Instalação de máquinas e equipamentos industriais
City: Araraquara
Pesquisadores principais:
Assis Vicente Benedetti
Associated researchers:Cecilio Sadao Fugivara ; Marcelo Falcão de Oliveira
Associated grant(s):19/23063-4 - Qualification, certification and monitoring of the equipments and industrial facilities for aseptics and corrosive applications, AP.PIPE
Associated scholarship(s):18/02514-5 - Microstructural characterization of welds submitted to electrochemical tests with microcell, BP.TT
18/01723-0 - Study of the electrochemical behavior of welded joints with the use of microcells, BP.TT


Industrial installations with corrosion resistance and asepsis requirements are designed and built based on strict criteria to ensure the sterilization of industrial processes and product protection. The deterioration of the equipment and consequent contamination of the product often occur due to degradation by corrosion of the welded joint, since the welding procedure qualification standards require only mechanical strength test and the corrosion resistance is not evaluated properly. Thus, this research and development project aims to evaluate the parameters and determine the optimal conditions of use of a portable electrochemical microcell for commercial applications. The methodology consists in detail of the mechanical design of the microcell, and this, industrial chemical processes studies will be conducted to better knowledge about the application of microcell environment. Tests and simulations will be conducted to support the technical development and consolidate the mechanical design. Another highlight is the participation of a large industry with aseptic requirements in industrial processes that will serve to feed the project data on the application of microcell, assist in the scope of services and define the application model microcell in an industrial environment. With the completion of Phase 1 of the PIPE project the company will have the electrochemical microcell design specification for commercial application, technical feasibility and scientifically, designed with a focus on industrial processes of customers and the presentation of results from the perspective of maintenance and engineering managers who will be the users of the results from the use of electrochemical microcell. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
GUILHERME, L. H.; RECCAGNI, P.; BENEDETTI, A. V.; FUGIVARA, C. S.; ENGELBERG, D. L.. Corrosion Assessment of ASME Qualified Welding Procedures for Grade 2101 Lean Duplex Stainless Steel. CORROSION, v. 75, n. 10, p. 1216-1229, . (16/08439-0)
GUILHERME, L. H.; BENEDETTI, A. V.; FUGIVARA, C. S.. A Portable Electrochemical Microcell for Weld Inspection of Duplex Stainless Steel Tanks. CORROSION, v. 75, n. 4, p. 340-348, . (16/08439-0)

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