The Curtin Corrosion Engineering Industry Centre (CCEIC) has been conducting high quality corrosion research, short-term R&D projects, corrosion testing and expert consultancy services to the petroleum, mining and chemical manufacturing industries for over 30 years. The centre’s services are diverse and catch the attention of many local and foreign companies. It is well known that industry will focus on practical problems and continue to encourage top quality researchers to find the optimal solution. With this broader perspective in mind, CCEIC has jointly developed industrial projects in collaboration with some of the leading companies like Chevron Australia Pty Ltd and Woodside Energy Ltd under the banner of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WA:ERA). CCEIC works directly with other important companies which include Alcoa, Western Mining, CSBP, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Roc Oil, Vermilion Oil and Gas Australia and GMA Garnet.
The centre’s research laboratory is well equipped with modern equipment facilities and is dedicated to maintain a high standard of customer service. The laboratory conducts research and testing as per ASTM, ISO, Australian and NACE standards.
Thanks to the generous and continuing sponsorship of Chevron and Woodside, which established the Chevron-Woodside Chair in Corrosion Engineering at Curtin University the centre has steadily grown and developed towards more corrosion engineering focused projects, as the centre is providing technical services as in-house training sponsors. To mark this development, the centre is currently in the process of adding one senior academic to its team (the Chevron Woodside Chair in Corrosion), securing the continuing appointment of key Research staff and establishing a unique resource in corrosion engineering in Australia for the industries it represents.
The centre is also active in corrosion education. The graduate certificate and diploma in corrosion engineering is the first in a series of post-graduate courses Curtin University will offer to meet growing industry demand for qualified corrosion engineers and quality research in this field. The fully on-line delivered courses are tailored to industry needs – specifically in the energy and resources industries – and can be undertaken while working as there are no requirements to attend classes at the university. It is available to Australian and international based students and is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere. An objective is to have a MSc in Corrosion Engineering established by first semester 2018.
The centre has close ties with leading corrosion associations. For example, CCEIC is a member of the ACA Technical Group Steering Committee: petroleum & chemical process industries, the ACA Corrosion Research Group, the NACE Technical Group TEG 092X – Under Deposit Corrosion and the European Cooperative Group on Corrosion Monitoring of Nuclear Materials (ECG-COMON). We are proud to be corporate members of the ACA and NACE International.
Some of the key research and R&D service areas, include microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), corrosion & scale inhibitors, corrosion under insulation (CUI), under deposit corrosion (UDC), coatings, materials selection, top of the line corrosion (TOLC), marine corrosion and cathodic protection.