Posters - WindEurope Annual Event 2024

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We would like to invite you to come and see the posters at our upcoming conference. The posters will showcase a diverse range of research topics, and will give delegates an opportunity to engage with the authors and learn more about their work. Whether you are a seasoned researcher or simply curious about the latest developments in your field, we believe that the posters will offer something of interest to everyone. So please join us at the conference and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your peers in the academic community. We look forward to seeing you there!

PO318: POSTER AWARD WINNER - Saline resistant weathering steel for saline applications

Krista Van den Bergh, Senior Project Engineer, ArcelorMittal Global R&D Gent


Protection of steel structures against corrosion in offshore environments is a challenging task compared to rural or industrial environments, mainly due to the harsh conditions induced by the high load of chlorides in the seawater and the atmosphere. In order to reduce the life-cycle costs of offshore applications, the development of a cost-effective corrosion-resistant steel substrate would be a step forward. The development of the metallurgical concept resulted in steel compositions with a good combination of corrosion-resistance, mechanical properties and weldability. Industrial trials in a heavy-plate mill have proven the feasibility and robustness of the concept. The results of mechanical characterisation showed that a S420 strength level is comfortably achieved for plates of 20 mm thick, and this is within reach for plates of 50 mm thick as well. Research is currently focusing on corrosion testing of the industrially produced saline resistant weathering grade, with special attention to real atmospheric exposure testing at marine locations.

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