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

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

Posted By: Bureau of Reclamation
Category: Scientific/Engineering
Partners: Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Skill: Scientific Interest: Science & Research Partnership With: Corps of Engineers--Civil Works
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Jun 06, 2017 - 12 a.m. ET, Sep 05, 2017

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.

How to Enter

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

Prizes
$75,000.00
Solutions
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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.

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