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Fundamentals of Corrosion in Sprinkler Systems

  • Sharonville Fire Department (map)

The next meeting for the Tri-State Chapter of the SFPE will be on November 8th, 2017.  The speaker will be Jeffrey Kochelek of Engineered Corrosion Solutions. 

Jeffrey will be speaking about the fundamentals of corrosion in water-based fire suppression systems, and will touch upon such topics as:

  • Controlling oxygen corrosion to prevent fire sprinkler pipe leaks.
  • Localized nature of corrosion in fire sprinkler systems.
  • From MIC to chemicals to coatings to nitrogen inerting.
  • Performance record for nitrogen inerting in controlling corrosion.

He will also be discussing nitrogen generators, including concepts, essential components, and some case histories.

Jeffrey Kochelek has spent more than 30 years designing corrosion control strategies in a variety of industrial applications including oil and gas operations, municipal and industrial wastewater, and most recently in the fire protection industry. Mr. Kochelek joined Fire Protection Systems Corrosion Management Inc. (fpsCMI) in 2008 to begin advancing the understanding of the unique corrosion that occurs in water based fire sprinkler systems. The ECS team was the first to identify the acute vulnerability to oxygen corrosion of galvanized steel piping in dry and preaction fire sprinkler systems. He spearheaded
the development of the use of nitrogen inerting technology for corrosion control in sprinkler systems. 

Mr. Kochelek has published numerous articles on the subject of corrosion in water based fire sprinkler systems and is named inventor on 12 US and international patents regarding corrosion management in the fire protection industry. Kochelek earned a BS in Chemistry from St. Louis University with additional coursework in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Please RSVP using the website.  See you there!

Earlier Event: September 13
Electronic Sprinklers