Objective analysis of corrosion pits in offshore wind structures using image processing

Waseem Khodabux, Feargal Brennan

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Abstract

Corrosion in the marine environment is a complex mechanism. One of the most damaging forms of corrosion is pitting corrosion, which is difficult to design and inspect against. In the North Sea, multiple offshore wind structures have been deployed that are corroding from the inside out. One of the most notable corrosion mechanisms observed is pitting corrosion. This study addresses the lack of information both in the literature and the industry standards on the pitting corrosion profile for water depth from coupons deployed in the North Sea. Image processing was therefore conducted to extract the characteristics of the pit, which were defined as pit major length, minor length, area, aspect ratio, and count. The pit depth was measured using a pit gauge and the maximum pit depth was found to be 1.05mm over 111 days of exposure. The goal of this paper is to provide both deterministic models and a statistical model of pit characteristics for water depth that can be used by wind farm operators and researchers to inform and simulate pits on structures based on the results of a real field experiment. As such, these models highlight the importance of adequate corrosion protection.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5428
Number of pages17
JournalEnergies
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • pitting corrosion
  • offshore wind structures
  • deterministic model
  • North Sea
  • image processing
  • statistical model

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