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The Engineers of CTS are amongst the world’s leading experts in the field of Cathodic Protection to both new and existing steel reinforced concrete structures. CTS also possess unrivalled expertise in the field of condition assessment surveys, potential mapping, corrosion rate studies, design and specification services, materials supply, installation, supervision, commissioning and maintenance of cathodic protection systems for all types of steel reinforced concrete structures.

All of these services have been successfully implemented on a wide range of structures, including:

CTS can provide operation & maintenance contracts once the CP systems are commissioned and handed over. This can be in the form of annual contracts where multiple site visits are conducted each year to assess the operation and performance of the CP systems and when required supply and installation of replacement parts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cathodic protection for steel in concrete is a method used to prevent corrosion of steel reinforcement within concrete structures. It involves applying an electrical current to the steel, making it the cathode of an electrochemical cell and reducing its corrosion rate.

Yes, cathodic protection can be retrofitted to existing concrete structures. This involves assessing the current state of the steel reinforcement, designing a suitable protection system, and installing the necessary components with minimal disruption.

ICCP systems provide controlled and adjustable protective currents, making them suitable for large or complex structures. They offer long-term protection, can be monitored and adjusted as needed, and are effective in various environmental conditions.

The effectiveness is monitored using reference electrodes to measure the potential of the steel reinforcement and ensure it remains within the protected range. Regular inspections and maintenance are also conducted to check the system's performance and make necessary adjustments.

With proper maintenance and a long term focused design, a cathodic protection system can last up to 100 years decades. The lifespan of individual components, like reference electrodes and power supply units may vary and require periodic replacement. Regular monitoring and maintenance are essential to ensure the system's longevity.

If your structure is exposed to corrosive environments, such as soil, water, or marine conditions, it is at risk of corrosion and likely needs cathodic protection. Signs that a structure needs cathodic protection include visible rust, pitting, or other forms of degradation. Metals prone to corrosion, like steel, are especially vulnerable. CTS can perform a comprehensive assessment involving potential measurements and analysis of environmental factors to determine if your structure requires cathodic protection and recommend the best solution.

The two main types of cathodic protection systems are:

Sacrificial Anode Cathodic Protection (SACP): This system uses anodes made of a more anodic metal (e.g., zinc, magnesium, aluminum) that corrodes instead of the protected metal. It is ideal for smaller or less critical structures, particularly in remote locations where an external power source is not feasible.

Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP): This system uses an external power source to drive the protective current from inert anodes (e.g., titanium with mixed metal oxide coating). It is suitable for larger structures and provides more control over the protection levels, making it effective in diverse and changing environments.

Choosing the right system depends on factors like the size and type of structure, environmental conditions, available budget, and specific protection requirements. CTS offers expert consultation to determine the most suitable cathodic protection system for your needs.

Several factors influence the cost of a cathodic protection system, including:

  • Type of System: SACP systems are generally less expensive than ICCP systems due to their simplicity and lack of need for an external power source.
  • Size of Structure: Larger structures require more materials and labor, increasing costs.
  • Environmental Conditions: Harsh environments may necessitate more robust materials and designs, raising costs.
  • Material Costs: Prices for anodes, cables, and other materials can vary.
  • Installation Complexity: Difficult-to-access locations or complex installations can increase labor costs.
  • Maintenance Requirements: Systems requiring frequent maintenance may have higher long-term costs.

CTS can provide a detailed cost estimate based on a thorough analysis of your specific project requirements and conditions.

The installation time for a cathodic protection system varies based on the project scope and complexity. Factors such as site accessibility, environmental conditions, and the type of system being installed also affect the timeline. CTS ensures efficient and timely installation to minimize disruption to your operations.

Yes, cathodic protection can be retrofitted to existing structures. Retrofitting involves assessing the current condition of the structure, designing a suitable protection system, and then installing it with minimal disruption to operations. This process can often be completed without significant downtime or interference with the structure's normal use. CTS specializes in retrofitting cathodic protection systems, ensuring your existing structures receive optimal protection.

Maintenance for cathodic protection systems can include:

  • Regular Inspections: Checking the condition of anodes, cables, and other components.
  • Potential Measurements: Measuring the structure's potential to ensure adequate protection.
  • Anode Replacements: Replacing sacrificial anodes that have been consumed. System
  • Adjustments: Making necessary adjustments to the protective current in ICCP systems to ensure optimal performance.
  • Data Monitoring: Using systems like Aegis for real-time monitoring and data analysis.

CTS provides comprehensive maintenance services to ensure your cathodic protection system remains effective and efficient.

Cathodic protection systems should be inspected at least annually. However, structures in critical service or harsh environments may require more frequent inspections. Regular inspections help identify potential issues early and ensure the system continues to provide adequate protection. CTS offers routine inspection services to maintain the integrity and performance of your cathodic protection system.

The benefits of SACP include:

  • Simplicity: SACP systems are straightforward to design and install.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: They are generally less expensive than ICCP systems.
  • No External Power Source: SACP systems do not require an external power source, making them ideal for remote locations.
  • Low Maintenance: They require minimal maintenance compared to ICCP systems.

CTS can help you determine if SACP is the right choice for your specific application and provide expert installation and maintenance services.

The advantages of ICCP include:

  • Better Control: ICCP systems allow for precise control over the protection current, ensuring consistent protection.
  • More Suitable for Large Structures: They can protect larger structures more effectively.
  • Adjustable: The system can be adjusted to changing conditions, providing flexible and reliable protection.
  • Longer Lifespan: ICCP systems generally have a longer lifespan due to the use of inert anodes.

CTS offers tailored ICCP solutions to meet the specific needs of your large-scale or complex structures, ensuring optimal corrosion protection.

The lifespan of a cathodic protection system can vary, but with proper maintenance, it can last several decades. Sacrificial anodes in SACP systems will need periodic replacement as they are consumed, while ICCP systems may require less frequent anode replacement. Regular maintenance and monitoring are crucial to extending the system's lifespan. CTS provides ongoing support and maintenance services to maximize the longevity and effectiveness of your cathodic protection system.

Environmental factors such as soil resistivity, water salinity, temperature, and humidity can significantly impact the design and performance of cathodic protection systems. For example:

  • Soil Resistivity: Low resistivity soils require less current for protection, while high resistivity soils need more current, affecting anode placement and system design.
  • Water Salinity: High salinity environments may increase the current demand and necessitate more robust anode materials.
  • Temperature: Higher temperatures can accelerate corrosion rates, requiring more frequent monitoring and adjustments.
  • Humidity: High humidity levels can influence the performance of coatings and increase the risk of corrosion.

CTS conducts thorough environmental assessments to design and implement cathodic protection systems that are tailored to your specific conditions.

Coatings serve as a primary barrier against corrosion by isolating the metal surface from the corrosive environment. By reducing the exposed metal surface area, coatings decrease the current demand on the cathodic protection system, which helps in conserving anode material and extending the system's lifespan. Effective coatings can also reduce maintenance costs and enhance the overall efficiency of the cathodic protection system.

The performance of a cathodic protection system can be monitored through several methods:

  • Potential Measurements: Regularly measuring the electrochemical potential of the protected structure using reference electrodes ensures that the structure remains within the desired protection range.
  • Current Output Assessments: Monitoring the current output from anodes or rectifiers helps in assessing the system’s operational status and adjusting the current as necessary.
  • Advanced Monitoring Systems: Solutions like the Aegis Remote Monitoring System (ARMS) provide real-time data on system performance, including potential measurements, current levels, and environmental conditions.

These systems enable remote monitoring and timely adjustments to ensure optimal protection. CTS offers comprehensive monitoring solutions, including real-time data systems and regular performance assessments, to ensure your cathodic protection system operates at peak efficiency.

Improper cathodic protection can lead to several issues:

  • Under-Protection: If the protective current is insufficient, corrosion can continue to occur, leading to structural damage and potential failures.
  • Over-Protection: Excessive protective current can cause hydrogen embrittlement in some metals, particularly high-strength steels. Over-protection can also lead to coating disbondment, where protective coatings peel away from the metal surface, exposing it to corrosion. Increased
  • Maintenance Costs: Improperly maintained systems may require more frequent inspections and repairs, increasing operational costs and downtime.

CTS LLC ensures that your cathodic protection system is properly designed, installed, and maintained to avoid these risks and provide reliable protection for your structures.