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Waterbox Pipeline Corrosion Module

Photograph of the waterbox apparatus and testing supplies such as a multimeter.

The Waterbox Corrosion Module is a hands on educational tool used to teach participants about the concepts of corrosion engineering. It provides activities and supporting documentation for a wide range of learning: from a basic introduction to corrosion/electrochemistry to advanced cathodic protection system scenarios. The module is geared towards the new or practicing engineers dealing with corrosion control of infrastructure, including: pipelines, above/below ground storage tanks, utilities, and power generation or transmission structures.

The Waterbox Corrosion Education module was inspired by the late George H. Silkworth who originally used to concept to train and instruct regional corrosion engineers about specific in-field scenarios and concepts found in A.W. Peabody’s “Control pf Pipeline Corrosion” (The classic, essential reference text for pipeline corrosion control). Construction and assembly of the Waterbox modules was guided by experienced local corrosion engineers; Bill Spickelmire, Roger Henrie, and Brandon Croy. It is supported by the SEIO (Southern Idaho Eastern Oregon Underground Corrosion Committee) and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) – Intermountain Section who were kind enough to provide funding in order to build 4 complete modules, 3 are housed at the Boise State University Corrosion Lab and 1 with the SIEO.

The Waterbox module was designed to provide content similar to that for corrosion engineering professional certifications offered by NACE. The goal of the Waterbox module is to be both an educational tool and to potentially provide new education of professional training opportunities for engineers in the region seeking certification in the corrosion control industry.

More information:
NACE Homepage
NACE Certifications


Image of the man and women inspecting the metals.

Photo of the participants inspecting the metals.