Providing training for any business is very important - but putting this training into practice is where the real benefits of training can be realised.
Project METaL have been working with MMEngineering, a Port Talbot based business, who have a team of industry experts with over twenty years' experience designing and delivering bespoke flood defence products with many industry sectors including Utilities, Construction, Chemical and Local Authorities.
The business recently attended a Corrosion and Coatings Technology course with the METaL Project. The course learning was brought into sharp focus when MMEngineering were commissioned to design and install a custom fabricated stainless steel flood door onto a steel galvanised main frame structure. Any time a bimetallic assembly contains metal systems that are subject to galvanic corrosion, as we have in this case, the ratio of the cathodic area (stainless steel) to that of the anode (zinc) must be carefully considered. There is a flow of current between the cathode and anode and the rate of the penetration at the anode is dependent on the current per unit area, current density. Therefore, the key was to electrically isolate the stainless steel gate from the galvanised steel framework of the building to safeguard the steel employed both as the flood defence and the frame work.
James Morton (Director) from MMEngineering said, "A foundation of our company is the use of intelligent innovation to develop and enhance our business and product range. In this instance we had a very strict brief from the customer that the door must be made entirely from 316L stainless steel but fixed onto their galvanised structural frame design."
"The technical knowledge learned during the training provided by the METaL project has helped us identifiy a potential problem of bimetallic corrosion. We were therefore able to make design decisions to prevent the problem arising and enhance the overall performance of the product."
"As a company we have benefitted from several courses provided by the METaL project, and we are excited to continue to develop this relationship with the project and Swansea University."