By establishing a holistic program that incorporates workforce training, the nation's first baccalaureate degree in Corrosion Engineering, and world-class research in corrosion and materials performance; The University of Akron (UA) is establishing a program that will create a pipeline of critical resources that will ensure that future investments in equipment and infrastructure revitalization are designed and implemented in a manner that minimizes the impact of corrosion and thus reduces the life-cycle cost to sustain those assets.
The paint and coatings industry has witnessed significant change over the past 50 years. These changes have been driven by many factors including VOC mandates, safety concerns, advanced polymers and new demands of the end users and materials. One of those changes was the introduction of desiccant dehumidification to assist in the blast and coatings process of liquid storage tanks in 1983. The ability to indefinitely hold a blast by providing a dry climate mechanically set off the beginning of a technology that would continue to advance for years to come.