Pre-Installation Testing & Diagnostic Engineering

NETCOR’s engineering team can perform pre-installation testing and diagnostic engineering services at the earliest stages of a construction project or product development. The goal is to evaluate environmental conditions, design practices and material selection, and other factors that could lead to corrosion issues. By identifying potential corrosion risks upfront, our engineers can provide recommendations to minimize and/or eliminate corrosion risk in the most cost-effective manner.

ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS – Corrosion is a reaction process that occurs as a result of interaction with the environment. NETCOR engineers are experienced in analyzing and evaluating environmental factors that can result in corrosion including soil surveys, site evaluations, stray current analysis and water analysis. Corrosion mitigation strategies can be developed and implemented when the environmental analysis determines that corrosion risks are sufficient to warrant them. 

MATERIAL SELECTION/EVALUATION – Proper selection of materials is a critical component in minimizing corrosion risk. Based on the Environmental Analysis, NETCOR engineers can make material recommendations to minimize or eliminate corrosion. In addition, NETCOR engineers assess the potential interaction between dissimilar materials and make design recommendations to eliminate, minimize or negate the impact of dissimilar metals in a product or project design.

COATING SELECTION AND EVALUATION – The use of selective coatings are another important design element to minimize corrosion risk. NETCOR engineers can evaluate proposed coating materials and application procedures and/or make recommendations for the proper coating systems to optimize cost and effectiveness.

PRELIMINARY CATHODIC PROTECTION EVALUATION – NETCOR engineers can provide recommendations as to the need for cathodic protection after evaluating corrosion risks from the environmental analysis, and after evaluating the materials of construction and the use of coatings. Should this evaluation recommend the use of cathodic protection, NETCOR can provide conceptual designs and budgetary estimates in advance of a detailed cathodic protection system design.