The fundamental application of " cathodic prevention " of steel reinforcement in concrete was ideated and developed by Professor Pietro Pedeferri. It was successfully applied since 1989 in Italy on Viaduct St. Nicholas I of the highway Rome - Aquila - Teramo and in 1996 in the western underbroadwalk of the Sydney Opera House. Over the past 20 years it has spread throughout the world and particularly in Northern Europe, Middle East and Australia being recognized as the most reliable technique to combat corrosion for new buildings and infrastructure where reinforced concrete is exposed to possible contamination from chlorides. This memory is a review of some of the most significant industrial cases reported in the international literature.
Durrat Al Bahrain and the NAKILAT shipyard in Qatar are two recent projects developed in the Middle East. Cathodic Prevention of West Swanson Dock in Melbourne was the largest project completed in Australia in the last decade.
Other significant experiences in China and North Africa are a sign of the vitality of this technique in the developing countries.