Materials Selection & Design

Corrosion Effects on the Durability of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Several myths concerning the cause of reinforced concrete deterioration prevailed in the mid-20th century, but steel corrosion is by far the biggest durability issue for reinforced concrete structures.

Eliminating Coating Failures—A Case Study for Achieving Long-Term Cost Savings in the Oil Field

Giving special attention to surface preparation and eliminating surface contaminants prior to coating can essentially eliminate premature coating failure.

Pitting Repairs for High-Temperature/High-Pressure Process Vessels

The most damaging form of corrosion is localized corrosion, which can be prevented and controlled by using corrosion inhibitors, cathodic protection, and protective coatings.

Long-Term Protective Coating Success

Corrosion poses a threat to all infrastructure, and the economic impact of corrosion represents an annual cost of billions of dollars. There are many advantages of planning for corrosion control and mitigation. It is important that owners and operators of high-value assets understand the cost implications of the effects of corrosion.

Non-Phosphorus Cooling Tower Treatment Provides Advanced Corrosion Protection

In anticipation of the tightening restrictions on phosphorus and many of the metal-bearing compounds currently used in industrial cooling treatment, a “green” corrosion and scale inhibition technology was developed that contains no phosphorus while providing corrosion and scale control performance.

Failed Anchor Rods on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: A Corrosion Discussion

Recent Materials Performance (MP) articles described the corrosion-related events associated with the new East Span of California’s San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which included a discussion on the shear key anchor rods that failed after tensioning, as well as the failure of a high-strength, galvanized tower anchor rod. To expand on these articles, MP asked roundtable panelists to comment on HE and its effect on the bridge’s high-strength steel rods, as well as other corrosion issues that could affect the bridge.

How to Conduct a Technical Committee Meeting

Participating in technical standards development at NACE involves attending meetings...a lot of meetings. Well-run meetings are a great tool for exchanging information, working together, and developing consensus to make decisions or create documents. Here are some suggestions on how to conduct a technical committee meeting.

Corrosion in Public Aquariums

Corrosion in reinforced concrete structures, such as bridges, piers, and parking garages, often occurs due to exposure to high-chloride environments.One type of structure that is often overlooked is the manmade aquarium.

Cladding Protects Vessel from Sulfide Stress Cracking in Sour Service

Cracks inside a de-ethanizer column were discovered during shut down.A high-velocity arc spray (HVAS) thermal spray method and high-performance alloy were evaluated for repairs. The extent of the column’s failure, the root cause of the cracking, mitigation steps, and longer term remedial actions are discussed.

Dynamic Pulsed Eddy Current Inline Inspection Technology Assesses Unpiggable Pipelines

To assess internal and external corrosion in piping configurations that are unpiggable or difficult to assess, a novel dynamic pulsed eddy current technology integrated with a robotic inline inspection tool was developed that is capable of internally inspecting metallic pipes.

Battling Corrosion in Nuclear Waste Storage Facilities

In Italy, where domestic nuclear power production has been halted, the need is ongoing to safely store low-level radioactive waste produced as a byproduct. The goal is to meet Italian and international requirements for temporary storage of low-level radioactive waste. The waste is stored in steel drums encased in concrete for radiological reasons. Relative humidity of 65% or lower must be maintained to prevent corrosion.

Corrosion Inspection by 3D Non-Contact Profilometry

Corrosion can either take place locally to form a pit or crack, or it can extend uniformly across a wide surface. Proper surface analysis of the corroded sample is vital for evaluating corrosion characteristics and mechanisms, so the best materials, protective coatings, and corrosion-control measures can be selected.

Proper Coating Adhesion for Water and Wastewater Environments

Proper Coating Adhesion Is Essential for Long-Term Performance in Water and Wastewater Environments. Corrosion is a highly probable occurrence in water/wastewater facilities that can cause expensive repercussions and downtime. High levels of exposure to corrosive elements such as water, salt, acid, and chlorine are common, and there is a risk of irreparable damage to electrical equipment from corrosion. Therefore, electrical systems must be designed with the proper protection.

NACE International’s Annual Corrosion Career Survey Results for 2015

Corrosion professionals in North America and Europe have experienced another year of continued growth in career opportunities and salary levels, according to the 2015 Corrosion Career Survey conducted by Materials Performance magazine.

Belzona Case Study on Pipeline Protection

An international oil and gas exploration and production company was looking to enhance oil recovery techniques in Oman. Internal coating of the pipelines provided corrosion protection, reduced friction, and improved flow efficiency when conveying corrosive water slurry, and offered adequate corrosion protection during subsequent transportation of recovered crude oil.