• Concrete Condition Assessment for An Oceanside Utility Company

    Concrete Condition Assessment for An Oceanside Utility Company

    Inspections

    Matergenics performed a condition assessment on the interior concrete walls and floor of a power plant for a utility company near the ocean

    The overall age of the structure is approximately 50 years. The power plant was recommissioned after a refurbishment. New generators were installed and since the plant has been operational, corrosion, cracking and spalling concrete has been observed in the above grade walls and in the basement walls and ceilings. We were requested to perform condition assessment of the aging concrete structure by onsite investigation, petrographic analysis, and corrosion risk assessment by corrosion potentials to determine the primary cause of the corrosion damage observed in this important power plant.

    As concrete ages, changes in its properties will occur because of continuing microstructural changes (i.e., slow hydration, crystallization of amorphous constituents, and reactions between cement paste and aggregates), as well as environmental influences. These changes do not have to be detrimental to the point that concrete will not be able to meet its performance requirements. Concrete, however, can suffer unacceptable changes over time because of improper specifications, and nonconformance with original requirements, corrosion of reinforcement or adverse performance of its cement paste matrix or aggregate constituents under either physical overloading or corrosion attack.

    Team Matergenics performed an emergency on-site investigation on April 19th, 20th and 21st using most advanced equipment and digital sensors. Our preliminary concrete testing, condition assessment in the basement of the plant both in North Wall (previous report identified as not affected), Main Floor, and South Wall exhibits extensive corrosion of rebar reinforcements. Many load bearing members including walls and beams exhibit cracking, spalling, and delaminating of concrete even in the repaired areas.

  • Transmission Line Condition Assessment Northern BC, Canada

    Transmission Line Condition Assessment Northern BC, Canada

    Inspections

    Galvanized Steel Transmission Structures in Northern BC, Canada

    For the last three months, Matergenics has been inspecting galvanized steel transmission structures which transfer power from a generating system an aluminum smelting plant. This critical infrastructure ensures adequate power to the plant which solidifies Canada as a world-wide leader in aluminum production. The line itself includes nearly 315 structures which traverse some of British Columbia’s most rugged terrain, which is home to diverse wildlife and vegetation. Matergenics plays a key role in assessing the current state of the structures. Our assessment procedures include visual inspection of higher elevation components, electro-chemical analysis, soil resistivity testing, galvanized thickness measurements, and hand excavation for below grade visual inspection. Concrete compressive strength tests are also used on structures with encased footings. Soil samples are then collected for in-house lab testing to determine corrosive parameters. After analyzing the documented results, the towers are then categorized and rated based on acceptable corrosion risk. The next course of action is determined, by either establishing a recurring inspection interval, or recommending expedited action by the installation of a cathodic protection system. These critical assessments reveal the health of the infrastructure and determine the remaining life, which ensures British Columbia’s continuation of aluminum smelting operations for generations to come.

  • EnviroZense

    EnviroZense

    Technology

    A Simple Sensor Device with Staggering Results in Wildfire Environments

    By December 18, 2020 there were about 57,000 wildfires compared with 50,477 in 2019, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. More than 10.3 million acres were burned in 2020, compared with 4.7 million acres in 2019. Five of the top 20 largest California wildfires fires occurred in 2020. The extreme temperatures of these wildfires can cause a reduction in structural strength and even melt the zinc off galvanized steel. This can lead to accelerated corrosion, or even the collapse of lattice towers.

    EnviroZense is a wireless, heat resistant, temperature and corrosion monitoring sensor that is contained in an electrical enclosure underground at the project site. The patented, EnviroZense unit is simple to install and comprises of corrosion and temperature sensors – one to monitor the wildfire temperatures and the second to monitor the corrosion activity of the bare steel structure below ground. The EnviroZense is configured to collect data routinely, at specific time intervals. The data is wirelessly transmitted by a satellite module for analysis and warns the project owner of abnormal temperature rises before more serious structural problems occur.

    The EnviroZense WebView allows you to monitor the temperature and corrosion potential data from each structure in real time. Critical temperatures and corrosion potentials will be highlighted for quick identification, so you know which structures need attention. The EnviroZense WebView can also graph data for a quick and easy way to analyze how long your structures have been exposed to elevated temperatures or corrosive environments.

    Read the brochure below for full specifications and more information!

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  • Zee Probe

    Zee Probe

    Technology

    Corrosion evaluation of magnetic alloys and live water mains

    We have created the “ZEE Probe”! A fully-functional corrosion detection tool for corrosion evaluation of magnetic alloys and live water mains! Water main failures are very expensive for municipalities because they typically result in expenses associated with repair costs, flood damage, and loss of revenue to affected nesses. Water main failures also interrupt the operation of vital services, such as medical care and fire-fighting operations. Currently, millions of dollars are spent annually by industry and by municipalities on the repair of failed components of the water distribution infrastructure, such as components that are made from gray cast iron or “gray iron” pipe.

    Water main failures can be avoided by following Matergenics corrosion control program. By using our corrosion control program, areas with low to severe corrosion can be identified and excavated. Matergenics graphitization sensor device can be used to check the potentials on the live water main at the susceptible areas of corrosion. Moreover, the extent of corrosion on the live water main at the susceptible areas of corrosion can be checked. The collected data will aid in decision making whether to continue the water main in service or to cut the corroded pipe section and install a new pipe section.

    Two provisional patent applications for the sensor invention were filed. The first application, entitled “Non-Destructive Testing System for Detecting Graphitization of Iron”, was filed on August 23, 2019 and was assigned U.S. Patent Application No. 62/890,676. The second patent application, also entitled “Non-Destructive Testing System for Detecting Graphitization of Iron”, was filed on May 18, 2020 and was assigned U.S. Patent Application No. 63/026,366.

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    Maths & Measurements

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