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2018 Deadline Nears for New U.S. Underground Storage Tank Rules

The third and final deadline for underground storage tank owners and operators to meet new federal requirements from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for spill, overfill, and corrosion protection is October 13, 2018.

Perforated Offshore Monopile for Corrosion Control, Marine Habitats

Recent field experiments demonstrated that a cathodically protected perforated monopile structure could create an environment with more favorable corrosion mitigation, air quality, and water chemistry compared to a sealed structure. A newly designed perforated offshore monopile system could help mitigate corrosion within the often flooded interiors of offshore wind turbine support structures.

Pocket-Sized Cathodic Protection Interrupter for Field Use

The pocket-sized cathodic protection (CP) interrupter records continuous waveforms during close interval surveys and provides accurate and defensible data. The technology includes both high-speed waveform datalogging and automated waveform analysis.

Survey Instrument Offers Enhanced Data on Pipe Conditions

The new surveying instrument measures and records both close interval potential survey (CIPS) and direct current voltage gradient (DCVG) data, along with corresponding GPS coordinates from the field.

NACE, SSPC Publish Joint Wet Abrasive Blast Standards

NACE International recently published five new joint companion wet abrasive blast (WAB) standards with the SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. These standards define the processes for preparing a carbon steel surface to a specified degree of surface cleanliness using a WAB cleaning method.

Chromate Primer Alternative Uses Carbon Nanotubes Modified with Corrosion Inhibitors

Scientists have developed a non-chrome primer system by incorporating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) modified with organic corrosion inhibitors into an epoxy-based resin. The goal of the coating development effort was to identify promising CNT-containing non-chrome primer formulations that perform comparably to traditional chromated ones.

Corrosion Basics: Tank and Containment Linings

Some of the most critical uses of protective coatings involve service conditions that require the use of coatings as linings. They may be the same coatings that are used in atmospheric or underground service, but they are usually specially formulated for three specific purposes.

Century-Old Stormwater Tunnel Rehabilitated with Spray Lining

When a 200-ft (61-m) stretch of an arch tunnel on a stormwater collection line in the old town section of Guangzhou, China suffered severe damage to the brick-and-masonry structure due to root intrusion and corrosion, a spray-applied lining was used for rehabilitation.

Advances Made in Epoxy Coating Technology

A single-pack epoxy coating with epoxy-amine reactive functionality was recently developed that delivers reasonable shelf life and a high level of corrosion resistance that is comparable to two-component epoxy polyamide coatings.

Flexible Coatings Help Protect Marine Structures

Corrosion impacts all structures in a marine environment, such as offshore platforms and rigs and ocean-going vessels. One way to minimize and mitigate the effect of some types of corrosion is through the use of flexible surface coatings.

Encapsulating Technology Protects over 500 Flanges

The repair and maintenance industry has employed many different techniques to combat flange corrosion. A gas supplier decided to commission a flexible and peelable coating system for the protection of over 500 flanges on the site.

Polyurea Coatings Protect Aging Concrete Wastewater Infrastructure

Advanced polyurea coatings and liners can provide strong, flexible waterproofing to bridge cracks and protect against future cracking and deterioration.

Medical Device Industry Turns to Plasma-Applied Coatings

To upgrade legacy medical devices under new regulations, the medical device industry is aggressively investigating and applying plasma-applied coatings to products such as stainless steel guide wires, catheters, stents, and vascular surgical tools.

Evaluation and Repair of a Liquid Sulfur Holding Tank

This case study presents the results of evaluations and repairs made to a sulfur tank at a gas plant in central Alberta, Canada. The repairs exceeded the owner’s expectations for performance and have not required any subsequent concrete repairs of significance.

Cold-Bonding Polymeric Technique Helps Restore U.K. Trains

A U.K. group specializing in train restoration identified polymeric cold-bonding as a superior solution to welding to help fix recurring problems with metal corrosion in diesel tanks.