Materials Selection & Design

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.

Stainless Metering Valves Used to Protect Marine Lubrication Systems

The protection of automatic marine lubrication systems with stainless steel (SS) metering valves could offer significant advantages over a prior solution of encapsulating valves in epoxy.

PHMSA Eyes Safety Upgrades on Hazardous U.S. Liquid Pipelines

New regulations for hazardous liquid pipelines are part of a series of changes from PHMSA aimed at improving pipeline safety across the United States.

Assessing the Risk of Coating Failure from Residual Soluble Salts

Residual soluble salts are contaminants on a substrate surface that affect coating performance. The primary soluble salts that the coatings industry must manage are in the form of chlorides, sulfates, and nitrates.

U.S. Army Seeks Biodegradable Bullets to Limit Soil, Water Corrosion

The U.S. Army wants to use biodegradable ammunition during training exercises, due in large part to how existing bullets can corrode and pollute the soil and water.

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.