Newcastle Branch Technical Evening – Electrolysis Corrosion caused by Stray Current

  • October 16, 2019
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Newcastle Branch of the ACA is hosting a Technical Evening Dinner.

We will hear a talk from Jim Hickey (Ausgrid), on “Electrolysis Corrosion caused by Stray Current” and have another fine opportunity to network with our industry peers.

Electrolysis corrosion caused by current straying from DC sources such as cathodic protection systems, battery charging systems, sola generation plants and electrified trains can be the most aggressive form of corrosion of underground assets. Typically pipelines, cables, building structures and any underground conductive asset can be at risk from the effects of electrolysis. Stray current cannot only perforate a 10mm thick pipeline within weeks, it can also interfere with the insulation systems of major assets that are critical to the everyday operations that impact on our lives. This presentation outlines the characteristics of electrolysis corrosion with an emphasis on stray traction current effects and management strategies.

Event times:

6:00pm – Guest arrive + networking

7:00PM – 30min technical presentation

7:30PM – Dinner served

7:50PM – Dessert served

8:00PM – Networking

9:00PM – Event ends


  • Jim Hickey
    Jim Hickey is the Electrolysis Engineering Officer at Ausgrid. Jim has over 36 years’ experience with Energy Authorities covering electrical testing, earthing design and assessment and electrolysis corrosion fields. Jim is also the Chairperson for the NSW Electrolysis Committee and is an active member of the Australian Electrolysis Committee and the Australasian Corrosion Association NSW and Newcastle Branches. As Ausgrid’s ACA accredited Corrosion Technologist, Jim is responsible for managing the electrolysis corrosion aspects of Ausgrid’s electrical network.


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