NACe/IEEE guidelines for steel structures

Once thought to be permanent structures free from maintenance and reliability concerns, steel towers and poles have demonstrated that they do indeed degrade over time as a result of corrosion and mechanical damage.  Recognizing the need for maintenance, and therefore maintenance standards, NACE International (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) joined forces.

The primary goal in the development of these standards was to provide the electric utility industry with much needed support and guidance regarding corrosion issues.  The guidance provided by these new standards is specific to electric utility structures and the unique corrosion issues they face, taking into consideration the various types of structures and materials.

The standards are not meant to be a definitive or sole source, but more of a basis for utilities to start with and expand as they feel necessary to help improve their system reliability. Most of the members of the joint Task Group strongly believe that with the development of these standards, the regulatory bodies within the electric industry will begin to point to these documents as the minimum standards utilities will eventually be held to.

NACE SP0215-2015 / IEEE Std. 18394 - Below-Grade Corrosion Control by Coating Systems

This standard details general guidance for the assessment of existing coating and corrosion conditions on structures below grade and provides recommendations for the remediation of detrimental conditions to alleviate current corrosion concerns and help protect structures from future corrosion. The standard also helps utilities prioritize structures by means of a recommended grading system to make addressing below grade corrosion issues more of a manageable process.

To purchase/download the complete standard through NACE click here. *Please note that the download is free for NACE members. To purchase/download through IEEE click here.

NACE SP0315-2015 / IEEE Std. 18355 - Above-Grade (atmospheric) Corrosion Control by Coating Systems

This standard details general guidance for the assessment of existing coating and corrosion conditions on structures above grade and provides recommendations for the remediation of detrimental conditions to alleviate current corrosion concerns and help protect structures from future corrosion. The standard also helps utilities prioritize structures by means of a recommended grading system to make addressing above grade corrosion issues more of a manageable process.

To purchase/download the complete standard through NACE click here. *Please note that the download is free for NACE members. To purchase/download through IEEE click here.

NACE SP0415-2015 / IEEE Std. 18952 - Inspection & Assessment Practices

This standard provides guidance for implementing a strategic inspection process to identify corrosion issues below grade and also provides a grading system to help prioritize structures for additional follow up whether for maintenance, mitigation, or repair. These are critical steps included as part of a management program to improve structural reliability.  

To purchase/download the complete standard through NACE click here.  *Please note that the download is free for NACE members. To purchase/download through IEEE click here.

 

 

   

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