June 2017, Vol. 244, No. 6


NACE's Impact Study: A Good Place to Begin the Conversation

Over past two decades there have been significant studies in various parts of the world on the cost of corrosion and its effects on the economy. The often-cited 2002 study, Corrosion Costs and Preventive Strategies in the United States, revealed that the total annual estimated direct cost of corrosion was $276 billion – equivalent to about 3% of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Studies in other countries have shown a similar percentage of GDP.

Recently, NACE International embarked on a new study that went beyond the economic effects of corrosion, emphasizing the integration of corrosion technology with management systems to improve corrosion-related decisions, both from economic and safety standpoints.

The Impact Study focuses on segments of four major industries: energy, utilities, transportation and infrastructure. The study features in-depth research and resources in these areas:

  • Assessment of the global cost of corrosion.
  • The Corrosion Management System Framework, a documented set of processes and procedures required for planning, executing, and continually improving the ability of a company to manage the threat of corrosion for new and existing assets.
  • Assessment and benchmarking of existing corrosion-management practices, including case studies and survey results from hundreds of companies.
  • Corrosion-management tools such as life-cycle costing.
  • Education and training programs and opportunities.
  • Preventive strategies for effective corrosion management.

For further information on the Impact Study, visit www.impact.nace.org.


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