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Cathodic Protection System for Civil Works Structures

Credit: 15 PDH or CE Hours
Course Fee: $135.00
106 pages

Course Summary:

USACE uses CPSs in combination with protective coatings to mitigate corrosion of hydraulic structures immersed in fresh, brackish, or salt water. Protective coatings alone generally cannot offer complete corrosion protection because they usually contain some pinholes, scratches, and connected porosity, and over time these imperfections become increasingly permeable. As coatings degrade with time, these imperfections, commonly known as holidays, have a profound effect on overall coating integrity because of underfilm corrosion. CPSs, when used in conjunction with protective coatings, have been effective in controlling corrosion. CPSs consist of anodes that pass a protective current to the structure through the electrolyte environment. CPSs can be one of two types, sacrificial anode or impressed current anode. Hybrid CPSs installed on structures can include both types of anodes to provide protective current.

Learning Objective:

This manual provides guidance for the selection, design, installation, operation, and maintenance of cathodic protection systems (CPSs) used to supplement paint systems for corrosion control on civil works hydraulic structures. It also discusses possible solutions to some of the problems with CPSs that may be encountered at existing projects.

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Course Content

Course Author: US Army Corp of Engineers

Course 1

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Certificate of completion of the course

This course comes with a multiple-choice quiz. You can view the quiz and take the quiz if you are logged in your account. You can take the quiz for this online PDH course as many times until passed. The passing grade is 70% and above. After you pass the quiz simply follow the page, to pay for the course and print your certificate instantly. A copy of the certificate and receipt for this course will always be in your account.

This online PDH or CE course can also be used as a continuing education course for the following.


PE Civil Engineers

PE Electrical Engineers

CE Contractors

Home and Building Inspectors

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