Special Issue "Corrosion Management in a Digital World"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Corrosion and Materials Degradation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Andrew Spowage
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Guest Editor
Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom
Interests: corrosion; integrity management; performance of materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To a greater or lesser extent, scientific and engineering professionals have been living and working within the digital economy for several years. Digitalisation and the wide range of disruptive technologies that it brings with it are sweeping across many industrial sectors. Big data, analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, digital twin and the Internet of Things may only be buzzwords to many, but they are becoming essential components in corrosion management. However, these technologies hold tremendous potential advantages if properly integrated into the engineer’s tool box. If not integrated properly, mistakes can be extremely expensive and present tremendous risks to people, assets and the environment.

In recent years, there has been a wide range examples of digitalisation presenting new opportunities in corrosion research, corrosion design and operational corrosion management. However, integration of traditional corrosion knowledge into the new digital economy and vice versa is still very much in its infancy. Further, integrating these new technologies into existing practices and updating our own skills sets presents significant challenges to researchers, engineers and companies.

This Special Issue presents a unique opportunity for corrosion engineers, researchers and digital technologists to interact with and report on current best practice, lesions learned, the latest technologies and projections for what the future may have in store. It is my pleasure to invite academicians, engineers, corrosion professionals and digital leaders to submit a manuscript to this Special Edition. The scope of the Special Edition is broad; the following areas are of particular interest:

  • Data and design
  • Corrosion prediction and management;
  • Corrosion monitoring and measurement;
  • Corrosion inspection and integrity management;
  • Using data for more proactive corrosion management;
  • Making data-driven decisions;
  • Integrating digital technologies;
  • Corrosion and drone-based technologies;
  • Digitalisation and cost reduction.

Dr. Andrew Spowage
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Digital revolution
  • Internet of Things
  • Digital twin
  • Big data
  • Data analytics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Corrosion
  • Corrosion management
  • Asset Integrity
  • Monitoring and inspection
  • Maintenance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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