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Long-Term Corrosion Protection of Existing Hydraulic Steel Structures – Stage 1

Can you help us beat corrosion, the Grim Reaper of steel structures?

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $75,000
Type of Challenge: Scientific
Partner Agencies | Federal: Corps of Engineers-Civil Works, U.S. Navy Facilities Engineering Command, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Submission Start: 06/06/2017 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 09/05/2017 12:00 AM ET

Description

All questions, registrations, and official entries must be submitted via the InnoCentive website open on the date of launch.  See official rules, terms and conditions on InnoCentive website.

Steel structures corrode, or degrade, without a properly applied corrosion control method. This degradation is typically identified by localized or general thinning of material, which reduces the structure’s ability to support load, carry water, etc. Failure of hydraulic steel structures can cause extensive downtime, loss of productivity, property damage, and even loss of life.

The cost of maintenance and replacement of existing corrosion control systems has increased greatly in recent decades due to increasing health, safety, and environmental concerns associated with coatings that have performed well in the past as well as the decreased life cycles of commercially available alternative coatings. New long-term solutions to protect steel structures in water immersion service will help to reduce the high cost incurred to keep steel infrastructure reliable and functional.

The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking long term corrosion protection for large, hydraulic steel structures beyond the protection provided by available coatings and cathodic protection. The structures of interest for this prize competition are hydroelectric penstock pipes and gates that control or divert water. The goal is fifty years of corrosion protection with minimal maintenance and low cost of installation.

This Challenge launches Stage 1 of a planned two-stage Challenge. Stage 2 is envisioned as a Reduction to Practice Challenge in which participants demonstrate their technology in lab- and field-scale evaluations.

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Questions about this Challenge?  Please direct any requests for clarifications and additional information about this challenge to InnoCentive.com. As the administrator for this challenge, InnoCentive will contact the Bureau of Reclamation, as needed, to answer your questions and will also make the responses available to all registered solvers if they provide relevant additional information. To submit your questions to InnoCentive, register for the competition at the InnoCentive website.  Registration is free and easy. Once you have registered, you will be able to see the full details of this challenge. After reviewing the full details, if you still have questions, InnoCentive provides each registered solver with the ability to submit their specific questions to the challenge administrator.

Prizes

The Seeker has a total cash prize purse budget of $75,000 for Stage 1.  The cash prize purse awards will be contingent upon critical analysis and evaluation by the Seeker (Reclamation) and the judging panel appointed by the Seeker.  Up to six awards will be made for the best submissions that meet or exceed the Solution Requirements.  The cash prize purse awards for each winning solution will not be less than $10,000 but may be as high as $25,000.  No cash prizes are guaranteed unless submissions meet or exceed the criteria.  Partial cash prizes may be considered for solutions that meet some, but not all, of the criteria.

Rules

All questions, registrations, and official entries must be submitted via the InnoCentive website open on the date of launch.  See official rules, terms and conditions on InnoCentive website.

Questions about this Challenge?  Please direct any requests for clarifications and additional information about this challenge to InnoCentive.com. As the administrator for this challenge, InnoCentive will contact the Bureau of Reclamation, as needed, to answer your questions and will also make the responses available to all registered solvers if they provide relevant additional information. To submit your questions to InnoCentive, register for the competition at the InnoCentive website.  Registration is free and easy. Once you have registered, you will be able to see the full details of this challenge. After reviewing the full details, if you still have questions, InnoCentive provides each registered solver with the ability to submit their specific questions to the challenge administrator.

How To Enter

All questions, registrations, and official entries must be submitted via the InnoCentive website open on the date of launch.  See official rules, terms and conditions on InnoCentive website.

Point of Contact

Have feedback or questions about this challenge? Send the challenge manager an email