High Silicon Iron "Stick" Anodes by Anotec

Solid, End Connect Anodes for Conventional or Deep Well C.P. Systems

For over 30 years, Anotec has been crafting the world’s best high silicon cast iron anodes.  Farwest represents Anotec as a distributor and licensed manufacture and custom builds the Anotec line of anodes.

The Anotec proprietary chill cast process assures consistent weight and a superior (stronger) microstructure, combating corrosion and outperforming the competition by up to 20%. 


  • Accelerated corrosion tests confirm that Anotec chill cast anodes yield more ampere-years per pound than the competition

Anode Composition

  • High Silicon Cast Iron
  • ASTM A518 Grade 3 Chemistry
Silicon 14.2 - 14.75%
Chromium 3.25 - 5.00%
Manganese 1.5% Max.
Carbon 0.70 - 1.10%
Copper 0.50% Max
Molybdenum 0.20% Max

Chill Cast in Static Metal Molds

  • Anotec’s proprietary chill casting process assures a solid stick anode that will outperform the competition.
  • Can withstand drop impact tests to more than twice the height of sand cast anodes.

NSF 61 Listed

  • Safe for use in potable water applications.

ISO 9001 Quality Control

  • Anodes are manufactured, inspected, and tested in accordance with stringent procedures to ensure high quality.

Typical ANOTEC Anode Cross Section

A dense skin of minute columnar grains and a dense core of equiaxial grains. Occasionally, very fine interdendritic porosity at center. Predominantly spheroidal shaped graphite. Similar to the structure of vacuum refined High Silicon Iron.

Typical Cross Section of a Conventional Sand Cast Anode

Skin of nonporous equiaxial grains. Remaining section relatively porous from interdendritic shrinkage and porosity. Predominantly flake graphite with larger boundary areas than equivalent spheroidal graphite.


Anode Consumption

The consumption rate of High Silicon Chrome Cast Iron anodes has been found to be between 0.2 and 1.2 pounds per ampere-year. For anodes of the same chemistry and microstructure, variance in consumption is primarily due to the chemical and physical characteristics of the anode environment. The consumption rate does not appear to be significantly affected by current density (amperes per unit area of anode surface). The use of coke breeze around the anode in soil ground beds will tend to lower the consumption rate. A generally accepted design guideline for anodes buried in coke breeze is 0.7 pounds per amp-year.

Current Density Limitations

The maximum stable current density of discharge may be limited by the environment regardless of the anode type. In free flowing water or in very wet soil ground beds, there is very little restriction on current density. However, anodes buried in clay soils tend to suffer "electro osmotic drying", a phenomenon of magnitude directly proportional to current density. For any particular soil with electro osmotic characteristics there will tend to be a critical maximum current density at the anode soil (or coke breeze to soil) interface, above which progressive drying occurs, with corresponding increases in anode-soil resistance. Drying is usually reversible by increasing soil moisture and/or lowering current density.

As a guideline to minimization of electro osmotic drying in groundbeds installed in clay soils, use of the following design maxima has resulted in stability of 90 to 95 percent of beds in areas of high osmotic drying potential.

Average soil resistitivityalong groundbed, Ohm-cm Maximum Amps per anode in a coke breeze column, 12" OD by 60" Equivalent current density on surface of coke breeze column, Milliamps/sq ft
Less than 1000 2.00 127 (see note)
1000 - 1500 1.75 111 (see note)
1500 - 2000 1.50 96
2000 - 3000 1.25 80
Over 3000 1.00 64

Note: For greater success, limit current density to less than 100 mA/sq ft for soils of less than 1500 ohm cm resistivity.

Nominal Discharge Current Guide for Anotec Anodes

Current at 
0.75 - 1.0 A/sq ft 
8.1 - 11 A/sq m
lbs (kg) Amps inch (mm) inch (mm) sq ft (m2)
SHA, EHA 44 (20) 2.0 - 2.6 2 (50) 60 (1520) 2.6 (.24)
EHM 60 (27) 2.0 -2.7 2 (50) 60 (1520) 2.7 (.25)
EHK 26 (12) 1.5 - 2.0 3 (50) 60 (1520) 2.0 (1.9)
EHR 110 (50) 3.0 - 4.0 3 (76) 60 (1520) 4.0 (.37)

Note: Maximum amperage based on maximum value in manufacturer publications, 15-year minimum life criterion (0.7 lb/amp-year of 0.31 kg/amp-year) at 80% utilization, or 1 amp/sq ft (10.8 amp/m2).

Warning: Reduce current density in clay beds with high osmotic drying potential. Refer to Anode Consumption and Current Density Limitations in this web page.

Reference: NACE Technical Committee Report "Impressed Current Anodes for Underground Systems" [T10A-10 latest].

Specify the following when ordering Anotec Solid Anodes:

  • The anode size (see anode dimension chart).
  • Quantity of anodes needed.  If the anodes are to be installed in "sets" or groups, please specify the number of anodes in each set.
  • Cable size (AWG), length and insulation type.
  • Is the cable to be placed on a wooden reel or is a coil of cable sufficient?
  • Packaging requirements.  Farwest palletizes the anodes on a sturdy wooden pallet and the anodes are banded and shrink wrapped to the pallet.  If additional protection, a full crate can be provided at additional cost.
  • Any custom or non-standard requirements required.