Materials Selection & Design

Gas Plant Uses Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Wrap to Strengthen Concrete Columns

Pipe wrapping turned out to be a simple and low-cost method for strengthening concrete columns during the construction of a new natural gas plant in Colorado.

Essential Elements of a Successful Corrosion Management Program

A materials specialist at Bechtel explains why maintaining an effective corrosion management program is essential for achieving high reliability at any oil and gas production or refining facility.

Preventing Releases in Underground Storage Tanks

Underground storage tank (UST) owners and operators must follow correct filling practices and protect their USTs from spills, overfills, and corrosion. Additionally, owners and operators must report the existence of new UST systems, suspected releases, UST system closures, and keep records of operation and maintenance.

Robotic Crawlers Inspect Unpiggable Pipelines

Advanced robotic inline inspection (ILI) crawlers have now been successfully used to inspect two previously unaccessible North American pipelines on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and the Transco Pipeline.

Lack of Basic Corrosion Control Results in Catastrophes

Safety, function, and service life should be a part of every project. To address these parameters, consideration must be given to design, choice of materials, construction methods, active and passive surface protection, and other parameters.

IMPACT Study to Provide Tools for Corrosion Management

NACE International’s International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion (IMPACT) study is nearing completion and will be released in March 2016. A segment of the report focuses on the Corrosion Management System Framework and how a company can incorporate one into its own program.

Continuous Remote Corrosion Monitoring Supports Environmental Compliance for Jetty Operations

Ships and barges need a certain amount of water depth to safely load and unload product, so most facilities use jetties to enable vessels to moor in deeper water. The use of carbon steel, however, opens up the risk of internal corrosion.

Localized Corrosion Failure of a Hydraulic Pipeline in a Subsea Gas Well

After 10 years of normal operation, a hydraulic circulation pipeline of a subsea gas production well failed at its bend zone due to internal localized corrosion attack. This appears to be related to crevice corrosion and pitting.

Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics Provide Corrosion Protection for Storage Tanks

A variety of industrial facilities with structures constructed of carbon steel are at risk of corrosion. An inorganic spray-on protective coating technology provides corrosion protection to metal through a chemically bonded phosphate ceramic.

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.

Drones Help Detect Corrosion under Insulation

To address the challenges of detecting corrosion under insulation (CUI), two companies have partnered to provide remote imaging technology with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance to inspect insulated piping and components.

Nanocoatings Deliver Performance and Operational Advancements

Carbon nanotechnology advancements and their use in a new coating address the ever-growing demand from asset owners to obtain sustaining and economically viable coating solutions.

Remote Imaging System to Spot Bridge Corrosion from Distance

Scientists are developing a new technology capable of detecting the level of rust on metal structures, such as bridges, from up to 100 m (328 ft) away. The project could save millions in surveying costs and remove the need for potentially dangerous inspections.

Niagara Falls Revamps Key Sewer Line with Liner Piping

What was first thought to be an infiltration problem evolved to include serious sewer structural and longevity concerns, and liner piping provided a potential solution.