Case Histories

The Science Behind It: Corrosion Caused Lead-Tainted Water in Flint, Michigan

Learn more about the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis caused by corrosion in this new quarterly special feature, The Science Behind It. Read the MP article to get the basic facts, and then explore the science behind the corrosion problem, which is presented in several related CORROSION articles.

Detecting Pipeline Stress Corrosion Cracking through Direct Assessment

External corrosion direct assessment (ECDA), a structured process intended to assess, manage, and reduce the impact of external corrosion on pipelines, was used to detect stress corrosion cracking in a buried natural gas transmission pipeline in Pakistan.

Leaking Seawater Tanks Repaired with New, Fast-Curing Material

When a vertical seawater tank sprang a leak at a coastal hydrocarbon storage tank farm in Italy, the tight time window for repair meant that only solutions with very short cure times were an option.

Test Protocol Evaluates Concrete Repair with Sacrificial Anodes

One of the most common drivers of concrete repairs is corrosion of the concrete’s steel reinforcement, often caused by chloride ions in the environment entering the concrete and eventually reaching the embedded steel.

UAVs Capable of Inspecting Ship Tanks for Signs of Corrosion

By using UAV technology, survey times and staging costs associated with visual condition checks of remote structural components in ship tanks can be significantly reduced.

University Team Develops Faster Route to Corrosion Detection in Metals

Researchers at the University of Virginia are seeking to modify the traditional cyclic corrosion test chamber by adding ozone to the mix and greatly accelerating the process.

Researchers Use Underground Radar to Detect Post-Storm Infrastructure Damage

A new underground radar technology system developed at Louisiana Tech University is helping a local city spot damage to infrastructure that had gone undetected since Hurricane Katrina.

The Science Behind It: Localized Corrosion Failure of Type 316L Stainless Steel Drain Pipeline

Learn more about corrosion of stainless steel (SS) in this new Materials Performance quarterly special feature, “The Science Behind It.” Read the MP article about the root cause of a Type 316L SS closed drain line failure, then explore the science behind the corrosion problem, which is presented in several related CORROSION articles listed at the end of the article.

EPA Finds Moderate or Severe Corrosion in Most Underground Diesel Tanks

In a new report on corrosion inside underground storage tanks storing diesel fuel, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found moderate or severe corrosion could affect metal components inside both steel and fiberglass tank systems.

U.S. Study Finds Millions at Risk of High Lead from Corrosive Water

A new U.S. Geological Survey assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide showed that untreated groundwater in 25 states and the District of Columbia was classified as potentially corrosive, thus creating a high risk for lead leaching in homes.

Portable X-ray Diffraction Units Boost Efficiency of Corrosion Analysis

New x-ray diffraction technologies are enabling corrosion analysis to be carried out much more quickly and thoroughly by using a portable unit in the field.

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.

Long-Term Field Performance of an Organic Corrosion Inhibitor for Reinforced Concrete

Reinforced concrete samples with an organic corrosion-inhibiting admixture were exposed in a road salt environment in the Swiss Alps and periodically inspected over 18 years using a number of test methods.

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.

Study: Lack of Corrosion Controls Caused Flint Water Crisis

Led by university researchers, the findings of this new study support the understanding that lead leached into the pipes system in Flint, Michigan, because the water wasn’t treated to prevent corrosion.