Basic Corrosion & Cathodic Protection

  • Dates: 19 – 29 Nov, 2013
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Address: 100 Business Center Drive

Matco's most popular training seminar, Basic Corrosion and Cathodic Protection,is scheduled to be held on February 21st, 2012 in our brand new training room (100 Business Center Drive, Pittsburgh, PA).   This course offers training in the fundamentals of corrosion science and the corrosion mitigation practice of applying cathodic protection to protect below grade assets from the deleterious effects of corrosion.  This fast paced training seminar includes case histories, "hands on" learning, and more are presented from a practical and realistic point of view.  Groups of five or more are $99 per person.  For more information contact Debra Riley at 412-788-1263 extension 18 or .

Who Should Attend: 

  • Pipeline Inspectors, Owners, Maintenance Conrtactors Engineers & Managers Concerned with Corrosion
  • Engineers & Technicians Concerned with Corrosion
  • Corrosion Control Managers
  • Infrastructure Managers
  • Students in Corrosion Studies
  • Specification Writers
  • Subcontractors Concerned with Corrosion
  • Students in Corrosion Studies


DATE:  February 21st, 2012

LOCATION:  Matco Services Training Center, 100 Business Center Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15205  


START TIME:  9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

COST:  Advance registration $125.00 prior to February 15th, 2012.  After February 15th, $150.00 per person.  Price includes a lunch to be served at noon. 

TOPIC:  Basic Corrosion & Cathodic Protection                

Instructors:  Dr. M Zamanzadeh (Dr. Zee) and Geoff Rhodes 

Course Outline:

  1. Essential Background Review.
  2. Control of Corrosion (Coatings, Cathodic Protection, Insulated Joints) Bonds.
  3. Measurement of CP Circuits (Potential, Resistance, Current).
  4. CP Potential Measurement and Criteria (Reference Cells, Survey Methods & Analysis, Criteria for CP).
  5. Galvanic (Sacrificial) CP Systems (Materials & Types, Installation Procedures, Test Points).
  6. Impressed Current CP Systems (Materials & Types, Rectifiers, Installation Procedures, Test Points).
  7. Coatings Selection for Cathodic Protection Application
  8. Stray Current (Dynamic Interference, Static Interference, Examples & Mitigation Measures).
  9. Records, Maintenance and Troubleshooting (System Information, Inspection Records, Routine Maintenance Schedules, Troubleshooting Basics).
  10. Introduction to CP Design and Materials (Basic concepts for CP system design).
  11. Cathodic Protection Modeling in Different Soil Environments
  12. Examples, Experiments and Practical Problem Solving.

About the Instructors:

 nace bc one seminar with mzs picture  Dr. Mehrooz Zamanzadeh, Fellow of NACE, Fellow of ASM

Dr. Zamanzadeh is a materials specialist with over 25 years of practical experience in the fields of failure analysis, corrosion engineering and protective coatings. He has worked with many different materials groups to determine the root cause of failure in materials related industries, such as the electric power, telecommunication, oil and gas, pipeline, shipping, chemical, construction, manufacturing and commercial aircraft industries.  Before becoming the Manager of the Materials Division of PSI in 1987, Dr. Zee functioned as the Senior Materials Specialist.  In 1993 he established Matco Associates, a consulting and testing firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The company was recently purchased by Valmont Industries and now goes under the name of Matco Services Incorporated. 

Dr. Zamanzadeh’s degrees include a B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering as well as a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Pennsylvania State University.  He joined NIOC as a research fellow upon completion of his doctoral work in 1980.    In 1985 he joined Carnegie Mellon University in the capacity of a Post Doctoral Research Associate under a grant from IBM.  He holds four certifications from NACE International that includes Coatings, Materials Selection and Design Specialist and Corrosion Specialist.

Dr. Zamanzadeh is the recipient of the NACE Fellow Award (2008); ASM Fellow Award (2006); NACE Outstanding Service Award (1996), ASM Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2004), and the Colonel Cox Award for the Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course (2010). 

Dr. Zamanzadeh also functions as the primary consultant and principal investigator on all corrosion, coatings, and failure analysis related projects.  Over the course of his career, Dr. Zamanzadeh has performed and reviewed literally thousands of failure analyses investigations involving corrosion and materials damage investigations including underground storage tanks, pipeline, transmission and distribution electric power utility structures at the above and below grade level, roofing, siding, aging aircraft components, accident and explosion cases involving materials failures, human implants, electronic circuitry devices, automobile and fire engine components, industrial, manufacturing, process and construction failures, and more. 

Dr. Zamanzadeh is the past trustee of NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers), Pittsburgh Chapter, and the Chairman for ASM International, Pittsburgh Chapter.  Dr. Zamanzadeh has lectured and taught frequently on coatings, metallic and non-metallic materials including PVC pipes, failure analysis (fracture mechanics), coatings and materials selection for universities (University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Penn State) technical societies (NACE, AFS, ASM and ASTM).  He has organized and lectured many annual seminars on metallic and non-metallic coatings, failure analysis methodology, materials characterization, and paint and coatings.  In addition, Dr. Zamanzadeh has been an invited speaker for EPRI’s (Electrical Power Research Industry) Corrosion and Degradation Conference, and has been an invited speaker at West Virginia University for the Appalachian Underground Short Course for the past several years.

Over the past several years, Dr. Zamanzadeh has undertaken a number of long term research projects under different grants.  They are as follows: the development and evaluation of powder coatings for corrosion applications, new environmentally friendly coatings for construction and commercial applications, electrochemical corrosion evaluation of implants, applications of coatings to increase fatigue resistance and corrosion resistance in natural environments; brazing and welding of metallic materials; characterization of construction materials using surface techniques; hot dip coating processes; surface segregation due to gas absorption in binary materials using AES; rubber lined carbon steel piping; novel accelerated tests for reliability/corrosion studies in powdered coated materials; and the development of new protective coatings for non-ferrous alloys.

Certifications:   National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)

  • NACE Certified Materials Selection/Design Specialist
  • NACE Certified Coating Specialist
  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Specialist
  • NACE Certified Corrosion Specialist


  • Colonel Cox Award (2010)
  • Elected Fellow, NACE International, NACE  (2008)
  • Elected Fellow, ASM International, American Society for Metals, (2006)
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2004), ASM
  • Outstanding Service Award (1996), NACE


Recent Talks & Presentations

Duquesne University School of Law - Fundamentals of Forensic Engineering & Root Cause Determination                       

Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course (AUCSC)                       

  • Failure Analysis Methodology & Case Histories  
  • Materials Selection for Underground Facilities
  • Soil Corrosivity Determination and Failure Analysis of Underground Facilities
  • Coating Selection and Testing for Underground Pipelines


Mexico at the Institute of Engineering, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California University: 

  • Corrosion control in thermoelectric plants,
  • Corrosion failure analysis of industrial equipment and Materials & Corrosion Case Histories


Additional Talks and Presentations

  • NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers)
  • ASNRT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing)
  • ASM (American Society of Metals)
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • NACE (National Conference)
  • AWS (American Welding Society)
  • ASTM
  • IBM Corporation, Endicott, NY
  • Water Conference                                         
  • Chicago Metallics                                                                                            
  • EPRI                                      


Example of Recent Publications:

  1. Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy to Evaluate Corrosion Behavior on coated Galvanized Steel in Atmospheric and Soil Exposure, Authors: Bayer, G; Zamanzadeh, M, was presented at PACE 2006: The Coatings Expo, Tampa, Florida, January 29-February 1, 2006
  2. Laboratory and Field Investigation of Galvanized Utility Poles, Authors: Zamanzadeh, M; Kempkes, C; Aichinger, D; Riley, D, was presented at the 2006 Electrical Transmission Conference Structural Reliability in a Changing World Birmingham, Alabama, October 15-19, 2006
  3. A Re-Examination of Failure Analysis, Authors: Zamanzadeh, M; Gibbon, D; Larkin, E; internally published by Matco Services, Date: 2005
  4. Failure Analysis of Coatings, Authors: Bayer, G; Zamanzadeh, M; internally published by Matco Services, Date: 2005
  5. When Paint Fails on Football Stadium Seats, It’s Back to the Lab for a Post-Game Analysis, Authors: Bayer, G; Zamanzadeh, M; Journal Name: Coatings Pro; Date: January 2005
  6. Distribution Pipeline Explosion, Author: Zamanzadeh, M; internally published by Matco Services, Date: 2005
  7. Failure Analysis of Coatings, Authors: Bayer, G; Zamanzadeh, M; Hills, J. was presented at 2005 NACE Tri-Service Corrosion Conference, Orlando, Florida, November 14-18, 2005


geoff rhodes pic   Geoff Rhodes, Corrosion Group Manager

Geoff Rhodes ia a NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Technologist, and a member of the General Committee of the Appalachian Underground Short Course held in West Virginia.  He supervises all of the cathodic protection related project work at Matco, with particular expertise on troubleshooting and system design. He has over 30 years work experience in corrosion, with 20 years in production, research and development of corrosion resistant alloys.

Geoffrey earned a bachelors degree in Metallurgy and Material Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980.  He was a co-op student and upon graduation worked as a metallurgist at Crucible Steel Company in the BOP and UHP melt shops and as a Rolling Mill Metallurgist where he worked primarily with carbon and alloy steels.  He was subsequently employed as Lab Supervisor by Trent Tube, in Carrollton GA, where he gained experience in producing welded stainless steel pipe and tube, product/process development and corrosion evaluations.  As an employee of Crucible Research Center for over 16 years, Geoff held positions of Research Engineer in the P/M and Stainless Steel Section and Supervisor of P/M Alloy Development.  Tasks included planning, conducting and overseeing projects involving stainless and specialty steels and their processing.  He evaluated failure analyses, mechanical properties, machinability, hot workability, oxidation/corrosion resistance of stainless steels bar products; melting, process and product development of net/near-net shapes and mill forms of P/M stainless steel and special alloys, and development and evaluation of stainless and clad welded pipe and tube, bar and tubular drawing and degreasing evaluations.  As supervisor, he was responsible for administrating the powder production group operating induction melting and gas atomization units producing NdFeB, nickel, cobalt and copper base, stainless and tool steel powders, and was also responsible for sales, marketing, cost analyses and product/process development.  Projects included the development of P/M high-nitrogen corrosion resistant stainless steels, copper-chromium-niobium alloy production, and hot/cold work process and property evaluations of standard shapes and finished product forms of stainless steels, nickel-base and exotic alloys for commercial introduction. 


  • Inventor/co-inventor of six U.S. Patents for improved machinability of stainless steel  bar and corrosion resistant P/M alloy development
  • Author or Co-Author of eleven technical papers
  • Crucible SPA Award for Outstanding Performance, 1999
  • ASM Pittsburgh Chapter Outstanding Young Member, 1993
  • ASM Pittsburgh Chapter President's Award, 1994
  • Research and Development Magazine R&D 100 Award, 1989


  • ASM International, Pittsburgh Chapter - Chairman 1997-98, Vice-Chairman,
  • Treasurer and Executive Committee 1993-97 (acitve on subcommittees since 1985)
  • Nace International
  • APMI