Imagine corrosion so intense that mechanics repeatedly removed buckets
of debris from steam absorption chillers. This was commonplace in 1971 at the
University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. The corrosion caused by the internal
Lithium Bromide fluid was so aggressive that all they could do was clean up the
mess left behind.
After developing rapid analytical techniques to monitor the Lithium Bromide corrosion, Mr. Levine was able to adjust the solution chemistries of the absorption chillers. His process was very successful, and the corrosion problem disappeared. The absorbers now operated properly, maintenance costs shrank, and chillers no longer corroded into junk.
Realizing that other absorbers beyond the University of Illinois had similar
chemical problems, Mr. Levine established Industrial Corrosion Management in
1973. For 25 years, ICM serviced the HVAC industry providing quality, rapid
analysis and interpretation of the chemical problems for all types of mechanical
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