Materials Selection & Design

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.

Corrosion Analysis in Automotive Electronics

This investigation used an analysis with the Auger electron spectroscopy technique to characterize the corrosion in a microelectronic component utilized to activate automobile airbags.

Plastic Cooling Towers Cut Costs, Corrosion Risk in Sintering Operations

For metalworking operations using extreme heat, a recent case study found that engineered plastic cooling towers could provide effective cooling without corroding.

Cold Spray Technology Designed to Repair Commercial Aircraft Parts

A joint project by The University of Akron and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services is targeting “cold spray” repair of corroded and worn parts on commercial aircraft.

Terahertz Waves Detect Early Corrosion in Concrete-Encased Steel

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a noninvasive technique utilizing terahertz radiation that reveals corrosion in concrete-encased steel before it can cause any significant degradation of the structure.

A New Approach to Corrosion-Resistant Aerospace Designs

An easy-to-use software program was developed to help make good material choices by predicting and quantifying galvanic corrosion risk.

Research Project Focuses on Microbial-Induced Pipeline Corrosion

A collaborative four-year research project will study microorganisms found in oil and gas pipeline environments and look for trends related to microbiologically influenced corrosion.

Missouri Researchers Study Benefits of Zero-Cement Concrete

Researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology are testing mixtures of zero-cement concrete made with fly ash to see if it can be more durable and resilient than concrete using ordinary Portland cement.

Testing Materials for Corrosion in an Icelandic Geothermal Environment

Geothermal power is Iceland’s single largest source of energy; however, geothermal steam contains noncondensable gases that are considered to be either greenhouse, corrosive, or toxic.

Improved Packaging Film with Vapor Phase Inhibitors, High Recycle Content

Plastic packaging films can be readily impregnated with vapor-phase corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) to provide corrosion protection, in addition to the basic physical barrier afforded by the plastic.

Researchers Launch New Corrosion Studies on Solar Cells

Researchers from industry, academia, and U.S. Department of Energy laboratories are working together to research the corrosion of solar cells, with a goal of developing longer-lasting photovoltaic panels.

Corrosion of Preheater Tubes in a Heat Recovery Boiler

External corrosion of preheater tubes in a power plant heat recovery boiler was analyzed, revealing that the preheater tubes were attacked by the sulfuric acid-containing electrolyte from the sulfur-containing environment.

Researchers Test Materials in Tropics to Better Preserve Military Equipment

The Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office enlisted partners to expose various materials to outdoor tropical regions.

Trailer Study: Wax Coating Shows Promise in Resisting Corrosion

Salt spray exposure tests revealed the strength of wax-based coatings in withstanding exposure to sodium chloride (NaCL) as a corrosive agent in truck and trailer manufacturing operations.

Protecting a Pipeline When Its Coating Has Aged

The country’s existing pipeline infrastructure was built with materials that are no longer used today, although they were state-of-the-art at the time. Coating materials, for example, have significantly improved over those used decades ago.