Training Program for Corrosion Prevention Through Proper Design & Installation

Since primitive man first discovered copper, the red metal has constantly served the advancement of civilization. Modern technology, recognizing that no material is superior to copper for conveying water, has reconfirmed it as the prime material for such purposes. Years of trouble free service in installations here and abroad have built a new reputation for copper piping in its modern form: light, strong, corrosion resistant tube. It serves all kinds of buildings: single-family homes, high rise apartments, industrial, commercial and office buildings of all shapes and sizes.

Today more than 5,000 years after the use of copper pipe in the ancient pyramids of Egypt advances are still being made in the use and application of this time-honored material. New materials and standardized methods of installation have been developed to enhance the time-proven durability and corrosion resistance of copper piping systems.

As in many cases, we can be our own worst enemy in the durability of the products that we design, specify and install. To prevent that from happening this program focuses on the identification, causes, prevention and rehabilitation of common piping system corrosion problems. New standards for water-flushable soldering fluxes and a recommended practice for soldering copper tube and fittings will be introduced.


I. Introduction

  1. CDA: What is CDA and what is its purpose?
  2. Purpose of the seminar

II. Corrosion of Copper Alloys

Corrosion Types: description of the types, identification, causes and prevention of corrosion that can be avoided by proper system design, specification and installation, including: soldering flux-induced corrosion, galvanic/dissimilar metal corrosion, erosion/corrosion and problems associated with improper design and workmanship

III. Related Product Standards

ASTM B813 Standard Specification for Liquid and Paste Fluxes for Soldering Applications of Copper and Copper Alloy Tube

IV. Copper Tube Installation Standards

  1. ASTM B828 Standard Practice for Making Capillary Joints by Soldering of Copper and Copper Alloy Tube and Fittings
  2. CDA Handbooks / Literature
  1. The Copper Tube Handbook
  2. Copper Tube for Fuel Gas Distribution Systems
  3. Brazing Procedure Specifications, Procedure Qualification Records and Brazing Performance Qualification Records

V. Questions and Answers