Corrosion is broadly defined as the degradation of material properties due to the effects of the environment. Corrosion in the coastal environment is an especially insidious and destructive force that cannot remain unchecked for very long. The coastal regions of Florida represent the most corrosive environment in the continental United States. Structures can be adversely affected within only a few years of construction. Success in combating corrosion demands specialists that understand how structures and materials of construction are affected by corrosion, as well as the corrosive mechanisms at work in the aggressive coastal environment.
Corrosion does not only affect metals which are boldly exposed to the coastal environment. Embedded steel (reinforcement of concrete), concrete, wood, plastics, and composites are all affected by the environment. The degradation mechanisms may differ, but the ultimate result is a diminution of properties over time. Left unchecked, degradation will eventually result in structurally significant failures. Manifestations of corrosion include loss of section properties, spalling of concrete and wood rot. All of these problems can lead to localized or global failures affecting structural stability, as well as life safety issues.
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Existing Structures Engineering Inc. won the following prestigious awards for our JEA Cooling Tower Restoration Project in Jacksonville, FL.:
- The International Concrete Repair Institute 2007 Award of Merit
- The Grand Award in the 2007 Florida Engineering Society FICE Engineering Excellence Award
- The International Concrete Repair Institute 2006 Award of Excellence
- The American Shotcrete Association 2006 Outstanding Shotcrete Project Award
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