Case Histories

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.

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.

Deep Anode Bed in a Flowing Artesian Aquifer

In April 2013, the Las Vegas Valley Water District attempted to install a 500-ft (152-m) deep anode bed for an impressed current cathodic protection system. Before the anodes could be installed, ground water began flowing out of the top of the hole at ~50 gal/min (189 L/m).

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.

Wanted: Technical Articles for MP

To successfully communicate the wide variety of corrosion-related issues affecting corrosion professionals today, MP is actively encouraging corrosion control professionals worldwide to submit technical articles to share their corrosion-related experiences with over 36,000 NACE International members around the globe.

Cathodic Protection for Water Mains in a High-Consequence Transit Corridor

To protect pipelines in a transit corridor where they crossed underneath the light-rail tracks, construction of the line included retrofitting the pipelines with a precast concrete box culvert casing and installing an impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) system.

Wireless Remote Monitoring of Cathodic Protection Systems

Wireless monitoring technologies provide the ability to acquire impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) system performance data from remote locations using modem-equipped personal computers. The technology can monitor the remote ICCP system’s amperage, “instant-on” and “instant-off” potentials in a central location, and provide personnel with immediate warnings of system problems. Case studies are presented for one Air Force and three Army installations, each with a different approach for the monitoring.