Cathode Protection Rectifier
Cathodic Protection Systems Mitigate Corrosion
The cathode protection rectifier is an electrical device that converts AC, or alternating current, which periodically reverses direction, to DC, or direct current. It then flows in only one direction in order to mitigate corrosion and ensure the safe, efficient activity of the device.
Cathodic protection systems provide impressed current cathodic protection system, but, in order to perform efficiently, they require regular maintenance and monitoring. Because the main job of the switch mode rectifier circuits is to mitigate corrosion and preserve metallic structures that lead to a sustainable source of electricity, it will need to be in a constant state of operation.
Cathode Protection Rectifier Features and Benefits
Cathode protection rectifiers are known for their small size, low weight, and increased efficiency and performance. Their intelligently designed internal features also lend to their increased speed and efficiency.
Three major parts of a rectifier:
- Switch Mode Power Unit
- 4MC Controller
Other parts of a cathodic protection system are circuit breakers, voltage and current output meters, lightning arrestors, surge suppressors, transformer tap bars, and fuses. Switch mode rectifier circuits come in three standard enclosure sizes depending on the power output. Standard enclosures are made from stainless steel that is resistant to mild corrosion, wet abrasion, and is easy to weld and punch.
Switch mode rectifier circuits have several benefits other than their small size, low weight, and intelligent design. They also offer single phase, lower power consumption and are made with less copper, which make them less susceptible to theft.
- Output DC ripple is less than 200mV
- Lower carbon footprint
- Integrated remote monitoring
- Lower cost and higher efficiency
The Importance of Cathode Protection Rectifier Maintenance
Routine maintenance and monitoring of a cathode protection rectifier are recommended practices when installing and using them. The major causes of switch mode rectifier circuit breakdown are a failure to properly maintain the cathodic protection system. Other major causes of cathode protection rectifier failure are neglect, age, and lightning strikes. Some even opt for remote monitoring systems where one supplier is available for spares, maintenance, and repairs. Monitoring will require visual inspection and electrical testing.
As cathode protection rectifiers are electrical devices, they will be susceptible to power surges. Lightning strikes, improper maintenance, and failure to monitor the cathodic protection system will undoubtedly lead to premature system failure and a reduction in the life of your cathode protection rectifier. With their increased efficiency, these switch mode rectifier circuits put out less heat than traditional transformer models, making them efficient for hotter climates.Do you need protection against high voltage? See our Solid-State Decoupler.