The Anatomy of Top-Tier Corrosion Control Training

Posted by Bill Aaron on Aug 10, 2021 1:10:00 PM

In this article, we'll discuss the 4 key components that make up the anatomy of top-tier corrosion control training for industry professionals.

Component 1: Science

Corrosion does not just cause leaks; it impairs the operation of the fire sprinkler system!

Oxygen corrosion produces iron oxide and insoluble sludge that restricts the water flow in sprinkler systems and plugs sprinklers.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) published a Research Report in July 2017 indicating that sprinklers were 96% effective when they operated. When the sprinkler systems were ineffective was due to (1) the sprinkler systems were shut off; (2) water did not reach the fire; and (3) not enough water was discharged.

Engineered Corrosion Solutions (ECS) used science and chemistry to be the first to identify oxygen as the primary cause of corrosion in fire sprinkler systems in 2008.

Component 2: Data

Our only focus is identifying and mitigating corrosion in fire sprinkler systems. ECS has collected empirical data since 2008 to confirm how oxygen corrosion in fire sprinkler systems causes leaks and impairs the operation of the sprinkler systems.

Understanding what oxygen corrosion is, where oxygen corrosion is susceptible in a fire sprinkler system and the methods to mitigate oxygen corrosion are paramount to ensure our fire sprinkler systems operate properly and do not leak or are impaired.

Component 3: Education

The empirical data collected on fire sprinkler system corrosion since 2008 along with science and chemistry are the basis for the ECS University training program. ECS University was established in 2018 to educate industry professionals on the Science of Corrosion in Fire Sprinkler Systems.

Understanding the science of oxygen corrosion and where oxygen corrosion is typically found in a fire sprinkler system, you can develop a corrosion control strategy to mitigate the corrosion.

Corrosion Control Training Component 4: Options

ECS University was originally developed as an in-person, hands-on, training program; however, due to the Covid Pandemic, the ECS In-person training was temporarily discontinued. ECS accelerated the development of the live virtual training program and developed an online/on-demand training program to provide the same level of training through a virtual format.

The ECS University Live Virtual training program is offered the last full week of each month with the training program divided into three (3) 2-hour sessions. The ECS University On-Line (on-demand) training program allows for you to train at your schedule from anywhere through your computer or your smartphone. The ECS University In-Person training program is anticipated to be re-instated soon.

For more information about ECS University training programs and how to sign up, go to

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Bill Aaron

Written by Bill Aaron

Bill Aaron is the Director of Training at ECSU and has worked in the fire protection industry for over 40 years. Bill has 23+ years of installation, service, inspection, and project management; and 13 years in design and consultation with a fire protection engineering firm before joining ECS in 2014.