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Seeking out corrosion - before it is too late

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Technological Innovation

Lead partner

Antwerp Maritime Academy (AMA)






Project budget

5 449 831

ERDF amount

3 269 899

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    An often underestimated threat to our economy is steel corrosion, in any kind of industry where water meets steel: the maritime sector, ports, water purification plants, energy production, offshore renewable energy production. The costs pertaining to corrosion are immense: a DNV-GL report sets all-round corrosion costs at more than 500 billion EUR for the European region alone, generally +/- 3.8% of the European GDP. However consultation with industry indicates there is no general approach to determining where and when corrosion is taking place so that preventative and remedial works can be targeted. Solutions are generic, and there is no overall awareness of possible cost reductions: 25-30% of the corrosion-related costs are superfluous – the baseline for the project. The missing step to achieve this is a comprehensive, quick and easy method to measure the local situation in a range of installations and an increased general awareness that costs can be reduced even further.



    Ghent University

    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

    Southend Borough Council


    University of Brighton

    Genicap Beheer BV

    University of Kent

    Cobalt Water EU BVBA

    Université d'Artois

    Université de Lille

    OnderzoeksCentrum voor de Aanwending van Staal

    Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France

    Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique