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An Introduction to Impressed Current Cathodic Protection

J. Paul Guyer, P.E., R.A., Fellow ASCE, Fellow AEI

This course provides an introduction to impressed current cathodic protection systems. There are two principle methods of providing cathodic protection: sacrificial anode and impressed current. The primary advantage of impressed current cathodic protection systems over sacrificial anode cathodic protection systems is that the driving potential of the impressed current systems is not limited by the corrosion potential of an active metal. The ability to select appropriate driving potentials, and to adjust the driving potential after system installation, gives the designer and operator of impressed current cathodic protection systems additional flexibility to compensate for changing environmental conditions. The primary advantage of this variable driving potential in the design of impressed current cathodic protection systems is the ability to select the location of anode beds for an optimum distribution of protective current with a minimum of interference. The variable driving potential available in impressed current systems also allows the protection of structures in high resistivity environments where the output of sacrificial anodes is severely limited. The primary operational benefit of variable driving potential is the ability to adjust the system for changes in soil resistivity, anode condition, structure surface (coating) condition and additions to the structure.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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