Materials Selection & Design

Improving Fatigue Life for High-Strength Aluminum Alloys

A new study by engineers at Monash University has demonstrated improvements in the fatigue life of high strength aluminum alloys by 25 times, which the researchers believe could be significant for the transport manufacturing industry.

New 3-D Camera Technology for Corrosion Detection

Built by researchers at Rice University, the compact Hyperspectral Stripe Projector is designed to collect the spatial and spectral information required for surface wear and corrosion detection, among many applications.

Improving Computational Modeling of AC Interference

With recent improvements, computer modeling of alternating current (AC) interference effects on buried pipelines has become an engineering best practice, most notably with complex pipeline and high-voltage AC right-of-ways.

New Solution to Stop Corrosive Buildup in Nuclear Systems

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offer a novel approach to designing fouling-resistant materials for use in nuclear reactors and other large-scale energy systems.

Study: Radiation Can Slow Corrosion of Reactor Alloys

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that exposure to radiation can improve the resistance of certain alloys that could be used in fission or fusion reactors.

Remote Monitoring of a Natural Gas Pipeline CP System

This article describes the importance and benefits of remotely monitoring a large distributed CP system, being optimally operated to ensure 24/7 protection of assets against corrosion.

Austrian Research Project Aims to Improve Concrete Diagnostics

A global research consortium is working to develop a new method to better assess the condition of concrete structures, as well as enabling laboratory measurements with more precision.

The Future of Machine Learning on Corrosion

The team utilized corrosion growth rate estimates collected from a dataset of operations from a North American pipeline operator’s integrity database, and developed machine learning algorithms to estimate risk.

Moisture Drainage and Stand-Offs Impact on Insulation Wetting

Patterns of moisture trapping underneath insulation were visualized using moisture detection imaging, and a contact-free insulation system with low-point drains achieved maximum drainage efficiency (97%) and the least trapping.

Researchers Seek Better Fabrication Techniques for pH-Responsive Microcapsules

The new technique developed by University of Illinois researchers can potentially be used to make microcapsules that respond to changes in pH, which are useful for applications such as anticorrosion coatings.

New Robotic Inspection System for Nuclear Waste Storage Tanks

The Southwest Research Institute has been awarded a $1.3-million project to build a robotic inspection system designed specifically to inspect the bottoms of massive underground double-shell tanks.

Podcasts: Materials Performance Interview Series

In this new series, Materials Performance (MP) Magazine Editor Rebecca A. Bickham and Staff Writer Ben DuBose interview a wide range of corrosion experts to bring you the latest news and information regarding key technologies and industry trends.

Machine-Learning Tool Could Help Develop Tougher Materials

Researchers say the system could be applied to a wide variety of techniques unfolding over time, such as the diffusion of one material into another, or corrosion processes.

Building a Corrosion Management System via Material Sustainability and Stewardship

The goal is to foster a technical society of forward-looking, proactive professionals equipped to support sustainability in tangible, meaningful ways via knowledge, standards, and a vision for future generations.

Antarctica—Corrosion in a Polar Desert

From a brief visit, it appears that along the Antarctic Peninsula, the low temperature and dryness retard corrosion in the face of corrosion-aggravating marine conditions.