850 Corrater® LPR Soil Corrosion Rate Monitor Datasheet
The Aquamate™ Corrater LPR (Linear Polarization Resistance) instrument is an electrochemical corrosion rate measurement with an added patented Solution Resistance Compensation (SRC) to extend the range of soils in which measurements can be made (see graph), and the instrument gives a direct corrosion rate measurement. Typically the soils have a level of hydration that gives sufficient conductivity to allow corrosion rate readings to be taken directly. On the rare occasion that the soil is too dry (too high a resistivity), this is detected by the instrument. Such dry conditions correspond to very low corrosion rates. In these conditions, distilled water may be added to soil to check the corrosion rate if and when the soil becomes hydrated. On the “Range of Operation” graph, the area to the lower left is permissible. The area to the upper right is not suitable without the addition of distilled water.
The horizontal axis shows soil resistivity and the vertical axis the maximum corrosion rate. The solid curved line shows the limit of operation based on a nominal 20% maximum error in corrosion rate. The dotted line shows more limited range when SRC compensation is not used. For more information on the Aquamate™ Instrument see Bulletin #304 – Model Aquamate™ Portable Corrater® Instrument.
The Soil Corrosion Rate Probe has been developed specifically for this application. The heavy duty construction makes it suitable for field use and the probe head is replaceable. Typically the probe element is carbon steel but may be supplied in other alloys if required. Exact matching to the pipe grade is not typically required as this usually has little effect on the corrosion rates.