Materials Selection & Design

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.

Retrofitting Wind Turbine Monopiles with Cathodic Protection

A strategy to provide wind turbine monopiles with a corrosion prevention system included resealing the J-tubes to prevent seawater flushing and installing a galvanic cathodic protection system inside the submerged section of the monopile.

Self-Consolidating Concrete Shows Promise in Bridge Repairs

A Virginia Department of Transportation investigation studied the use of self-consolidating concrete with and without galvanic anodes to repair substructure elements with vertical and overhead sections.

New U.K. Collaborative Research Project Targets Oil, Gas Corrosion

Researchers from BP and several prominent European universities were awarded a contract to investigate the processes that cause surface degradation and develop new mitigation strategies.

Graphene Nanoplatelets Boost Barrier Protection to Epoxy Coatings

The effective barrier properties of the graphene nanoplatelets may explain the corrosion mitigation observed on steel panels in both immersion testing and cyclic salt fog testing.

New Tantalum Alloy Resists Highly Corrosive Environments

The results of recently completed trials show that adding low levels of ruthenium improve the corrosion and hydrogen enrichment resistance of a tantalum alloy in both hydrochloric and sulfuric acids at high temperatures.

Researchers Eye Advanced Sensors to Monitor Buried Infrastructure

Novel advanced sensors were attached to a hazard-resilient plastic pipeline installed underground and tested through a simulated fault rupture.

Strategic Planning at NACE International: Seventh in a Series

The plan for success has three elements: key strategic initiatives, implementation plans, and review and reload sessions. In this month’s post, we introduce all three steps in the plan for success process.

Degradation of a Thrust Bearing in a Lift Pump on an Electromotor Offshore Platform

This article discusses the causes of bearing failure, its avoidance, and a repair method for damaged thrust bearings.

Detecting Corrosive Sulfides Challenges U.S. Shale Operators

Many modern tests focused on the detection of sulfate-reducing bacteria as corrosive agents in metal oil and gas pipelines could be missing a separate bacterial family also responsible for corrosion.

High Pressure Key to More Advanced Metal Alloys

A new study suggests that high pressure could be the key to developing advanced metal mixtures that are lighter, stronger, and more resistant to heat and corrosion than conventional alloys.

Soil-Side Corrosion Causes Premature Failure of Oil Storage Tank Bottom Plates

Without an effective cathodic protection system and no other means of corrosion control, the tank floor was exposed to a severe form of bacterial and underdeposit corrosion.

Fluoride Corrosivity on Mild Steel in Cooling Systems

Empirical data were used to construct statistically sound models pertinent to fluoride-containing brackish water, and the models were verified against field corrosion coupon data.

New Laser Technique Aims to Reveal Hidden Damage in Metals

This U.S. research team believes a spectroscopic method known as second harmonic generation, which alters the wavelength of light, can be adapted to look for signs of internal damage in metals.

Corrosion Management and Cost Optimization

A better appreciation of the various components of typical corrosion costs in the oil and gas industry could further facilitate their optimization.