Preserving Power Distribution Assets: What Are Corrosion Avoidance Techniques?

Corrosion has an impact on the safety, dependability, and costs of producing, transmitting, and distributing electricity, as well as all other forms of power distribution. It should be avoided at all costs. So if you are wondering about how to avoid corrosion on electrical assets like power distribution systems, you have arrived at the right place.

How to Keep Electrical Assets Corrosion-Free

Alkyds paint
Alkyds are oil-modified polyester paints. They are popular low-cost architectural paints that are often used when high gloss, versatility, and durability are required, but they are not suitable for larger structures and equipment. They do not adhere well to galvanized metals unless an appropriate primer seal is used first. Their color fades quickly, and the coating cracks.

Coatings made of silicone
There are several methods, but silicone-based anticorrosion coatings have proven to be the most effective in the electrical utilities, oil and gas, mining, and chemical industries. Silicone is not affected by ultraviolet light. The silicone polymer-based elastomeric anti-corrosion coating is flexible throughout its life and can withstand heat, humidity, chemicals, salt spray, and sand-induced ultraviolet abrasion.

SilprocoatTM is a ready-to-use product that can be sprayed immediately after opening the pail and will last for more than ten years in the harshest environments. Silprocoat is not only elastic and weather-resistant, but it is also extremely simple to apply. It can be applied by spray, roller, or brush, requires no mixing, dries quickly, and requires no primer.

RTV Silicone Electrical Insulator Coating can also offer some protection against moisture and dust, which can aid in corrosion prevention by reducing the surface’s exposure to these corrosive elements.

Epoxy Coatings
Epoxy coatings are typically two-part curing systems that are mixed with a hardener before application. They are commonly used in industrial applications and are widely used in moderately corrosive environments. Epoxy coatings fade, crack, and peel over time.

Urethanes polymers
Urethanes are extremely versatile polymers with properties that can be tailored to a wide range of coating applications. Polyester-based urethane coatings have better oxidative stability, higher heat and abrasion resistance, lower hydrolytic stability, and lower low-temperature flexibility than polyether-based urethane coatings. Moisture-curing urethanes are commonly used in interior and exterior wood coatings, whereas heat-curing one-part urethanes are frequently selected for more demanding coating applications, but they are always affected by UV rays.

Aside from the aforementioned, the following are some practical tips for avoiding rust on electrical towers or any other electrical assets:

Conduct routine inspections.
The best time to inspect wiring and electrical systems is before something goes wrong, not after something goes wrong.

Keep moisture at bay.
Because water is the most common cause of corrosion, keeping it away from electrical assets and outdoor connections should be your top priority. A keen eye and a routine check can assist you in detecting water in the electrical system.

Take the initiative.
Preventing electrical corrosion is made easier by using the following products, but before cleaning or applying any product, turn off the power source to avoid electric shock:

Dialectic grease
Seals out moisture and keeps it from collecting around wiring.

Electrical contact cleaner
Available at most home or hardware stores, this precision aerosol spray dissolves and removes dirt, oil, and oxidation buildup from electrical components and contacts.

Wrapping Up

Power distribution companies can extend the lifespan of their assets like electrical Insulators, wires, etc., reduce maintenance costs, and ensure a more reliable electrical infrastructure by implementing a combination of these corrosion avoidance techniques. The specific strategies used will be determined by the assets, environmental conditions, and budget constraints.

Midsun IKM, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, serves as the international business development division of Midsun Group Inc., a North American manufacturer of RTV insulator coatings, anti-corrosive silicone coatings, and wildlife outages protective covers, so if you are looking for perfect corrosion avoidance for your property, consider Midsun IKM.