Case Histories

New Ultrasonic Rolling Scanner for NDT of Concrete Structures

Funded by the European Commission, this new project involves the design of a portable, three-dimensional ultrasonic scanner for the nondestructive testing and evaluation of concrete in bridges and other building structures.

Investigators Find Severe Corrosion in 2015 California Gas Leak

Independent investigators found extensive corrosion on the well casing that broke open at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon gas storage facility in October 2015. In the aftermath, engineering consultancy Blade Energy Partners was granted authority by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to conduct a root cause analysis of the metallurgical and fractographic aspects of the gas leak.

Characterizing Severe Bridge Pile Corrosion in a Marine Environment

Divers conducting inspections of the Mickler-O’Connell Bridge detected heavy corrosion of the steel H-piles. Researchers suspect microbiologically influenced corrosion caused localized degradation.

Testing for Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in Humid Air

Researchers with the Southwest Research Institute conducted experiments to evaluate the presence of microbiologically influenced corrosion under high and low relative humidity conditions when storing spent nuclear fuel in dry storage systems.

Test Samples of Reinforced Concrete Are Often Too Small

A recent study from European university scientists suggests that samples of reinforced concrete need to be larger to ensure accuracy in corrosion detection.

Corrosion ‘Hot Spots’ Found at Central Florida Football Stadium

An engineering study reports significant corrosion, due to poor coating selection and application, that led to structural damage in many locations at a major college football stadium in Florida.

Study: Lack of Corrosion Controls Caused Flint Water Crisis

Led by university researchers, the findings of this new study support the understanding that lead leached into the pipes system in Flint, Michigan, because the water wasn’t treated to prevent corrosion.

Portable X-ray Diffraction Units Boost Efficiency of Corrosion Analysis

New x-ray diffraction technologies are enabling corrosion analysis to be carried out much more quickly and thoroughly by using a portable unit in the field.

New Safe Containment Project Cuts Corrosion Risk at Chernobyl

The new containment structure, moved into position in November 2016, includes a ventilation system that developers say will help ensure there is no need to replace the coating used to control corrosion.

U.S. House Panel Concludes State, Federal Failures behind Flint

The U.S. congressional committee investigating the water crisis in Flint, Michigan issued final letters citing failures at all levels of government, including problems at both the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Internal Corrosion Failures: Are We Learning from the Past?

Although methods for managing internal corrosion are well established, many pipelines operators experience repeated internal corrosion incidents, suggesting opportunities likely exist for continuous improvement.

Test Protocol Evaluates Concrete Repair with Sacrificial Anodes

One of the most common drivers of concrete repairs is corrosion of the concrete’s steel reinforcement, often caused by chloride ions in the environment entering the concrete and eventually reaching the embedded steel.

Innovative Polymeric Solution for Flanged Pipework Protection

Flanged pipework can be isolated from corrosive environments by using a flexible, liquid-applied elastomeric material that can be peeled off for inspection and then resealed.

Evaluation and Repair of a Liquid Sulfur Holding Tank

This case study presents the results of evaluations and repairs made to a sulfur tank at a gas plant in central Alberta, Canada. The repairs exceeded the owner’s expectations for performance and have not required any subsequent concrete repairs of significance.

Cold-Bonding Polymeric Technique Helps Restore U.K. Trains

A U.K. group specializing in train restoration identified polymeric cold-bonding as a superior solution to welding to help fix recurring problems with metal corrosion in diesel tanks.