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Cathodic Protection History

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  • Cathodic protection was first described by Sir Humphry Davy in a series of papers presented to the Royal Society in London in 1824.
  • Thomas Edison experimented with impressed current cathodic protection on ships in 1890, but was unsuccessful due to the lack of a suitable current source and anode materials.
  • In the USA by 1945 the use of CP was commonly applied to the rapidly expanding oil and natural gas industry. In the UK CP was applied from the 1950s onwards and cathodic protection company limited was established in this period, pioneering it’s use in the UK.
  • Cathodic Protection is now well estabilished on a large variety of immersed and buried metallic structures as well as as reinforced concrete structures, and provides effective corrosion control.

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