Materials Selection & Design

Plastic Cooling Towers Cut Costs, Corrosion Risk in Sintering Operations

For metalworking operations using extreme heat, a recent case study found that engineered plastic cooling towers could provide effective cooling without corroding.

A New Approach to Corrosion-Resistant Aerospace Designs

An easy-to-use software program was developed to help make good material choices by predicting and quantifying galvanic corrosion risk.

Testing Materials for Corrosion in an Icelandic Geothermal Environment

Geothermal power is Iceland’s single largest source of energy; however, geothermal steam contains noncondensable gases that are considered to be either greenhouse, corrosive, or toxic.

Research Project Focuses on Microbial-Induced Pipeline Corrosion

A collaborative four-year research project will study microorganisms found in oil and gas pipeline environments and look for trends related to microbiologically influenced corrosion.

Missouri Researchers Study Benefits of Zero-Cement Concrete

Researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology are testing mixtures of zero-cement concrete made with fly ash to see if it can be more durable and resilient than concrete using ordinary Portland cement.

Improved Packaging Film with Vapor Phase Inhibitors, High Recycle Content

Plastic packaging films can be readily impregnated with vapor-phase corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) to provide corrosion protection, in addition to the basic physical barrier afforded by the plastic.

Corrosion of Preheater Tubes in a Heat Recovery Boiler

External corrosion of preheater tubes in a power plant heat recovery boiler was analyzed, revealing that the preheater tubes were attacked by the sulfuric acid-containing electrolyte from the sulfur-containing environment.

Researchers Launch New Corrosion Studies on Solar Cells

Researchers from industry, academia, and U.S. Department of Energy laboratories are working together to research the corrosion of solar cells, with a goal of developing longer-lasting photovoltaic panels.

Researchers Test Materials in Tropics to Better Preserve Military Equipment

The Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office enlisted partners to expose various materials to outdoor tropical regions.

Stainless Metering Valves Used to Protect Marine Lubrication Systems

The protection of automatic marine lubrication systems with stainless steel (SS) metering valves could offer significant advantages over a prior solution of encapsulating valves in epoxy.

U.S. Army Seeks Biodegradable Bullets to Limit Soil, Water Corrosion

The U.S. Army wants to use biodegradable ammunition during training exercises, due in large part to how existing bullets can corrode and pollute the soil and water.

PHMSA Eyes Safety Upgrades on Hazardous U.S. Liquid Pipelines

New regulations for hazardous liquid pipelines are part of a series of changes from PHMSA aimed at improving pipeline safety across the United States.

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.

Proposed Changes to Gas Transmission Pipeline Regulations Intended to Increase Safety

A notice of proposed rulemaking issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety outlines significant changes to the Pipeline Safety Regulations that are intended to increase the safety of natural gas pipelines.

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.