AsiaTAC Preview:  Corrosion, CUI, and FFS in the Spotlight this May in Taiwan

For the second year in a row, AsiaTAC will offer a meeting in a new region. Following the successful Spring 2013 session, hosted by MTI members in Osaka, Japan, the AsiaTAC Steering Committee is planning a meeting in Chia Yi City, Taiwan. The 2014 event is being organized in collaboration with MTI’s newest member, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and is cosponsored by China Petroleum Corporation and Formosa Plastics Corporation of Taiwan. The spring AsiaTAC meeting will take place May 15-16 at China Petro­leum Corporation’s Refining & Manufacturing Research Institute.

The two major themes for the Taiwan AsiaTAC meeting will be Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) and General Corrosion Topics in the CPI. In addition to many technical presentations, panel discussions will focus on CUI Inspec­tion and Mitigation; Introduction to Activities of Corrosion Engi­neering Societies in Asia; and Cor­rosion and Mechanical Properties of Corrosion Alloys.

The meeting will also focus on corrosion issues that challenge the CPI in the Pacific region. “This is a big concern in Taiwan and other countries in the region, as the CPI is trying hard improve safety and minimize the environmental impacts of the chemical processing plants,” reports Jesse Chen, MTI Associate Director. Chen adds that many companies in Asia will have the opportunity to learn from MTI’s global network and body of experi­ence dealing with CPI corrosion issues.

Attendees will also have the chance to be exposed to the principles and practices of Fitness for Service (FFS) during a special training session, prior to the AsiaTAC Meeting. FFS assessment is a multi-disciplinary approach to determine, as the name suggests, whether a structural component is fit for continued service.

Presenter Dr. K. John Young of DuPont will provide a comprehensive introduction to the technology; help attendees to understand the information requirements for performing FFS assessments; and promote the use of the FFS technology for making repair, replace and re-design/re-rate decisions within Asia/ Pacific.

This special training course will be held at China Petroleum Corporation’s Manufacturing and Refining Research Institute in Chia Yi City, Taiwan, May 12-14. The course is designed for plant engineers, mechanical engineers, maintenance/reliability engineers, central engineering staff who are responsible for managing the integrity of ageing equipment. The fee for each MTI member company employee is $330 U.S. ($10,000 NTD) and $660 U.S. ($20,000 NTD) for each non-member company employee.

Please visit for more information and to register for the spring FFS Training session and/or the spring AsiaTAC Meeting. Please direct registration questions to

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