CSIRO researcher, Dr Tim Muster, says the sensors have been specifically designed to withstand the conditions they need to monitor.
The sensors continually monitor the environment in which they have been placed and detect the early onset of corrosion or the environmental conditions conducive to it.
"This will make maintenance decisions and inspection easier and more accurate," says Dr Muster
"We are now working on automating this decision-making process so that it guides maintenance schedules and decreases downtime and the frequency of inspections," he
Also, as the sensors arm themselves with more and more data, models of atmospheric corrosion for each specific situation or environment can be developed and continuously adjusted.
"This should help industry design materials that are best suited to the environments in which they will be used," says Dr Muster
The day may come, when there are sensors that can initiate self-repair once corrosion is detected, says Dr Muster
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...Dr Tim Muster
Research ScientistCSIRO Manufacturing & Infrastructure Technology
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