Materials Selection & Design

Geopolymer Solution for Sulfuric Acid Corrosion at Wastewater Plants

In a recently issued paper, Austrian researchers from TU Graz and the University of Graz discuss new materials that prevent damage from the microbiologically influenced corrosion of concrete.

Academic Study Seeks Policy Changes After Flint Water Crisis

University researchers issued findings on policy problems that led to the Flint water crisis and recommended legal changes to mitigate future concerns, including better communication on issues such as corrosion controls.

Researchers Tout Three-Dimensional Printing Breakthrough for Metal Alloys

Researchers with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and several other groups achieved a breakthrough in the three-dimensional printing of Type 316L stainless steel alloy.

Protecting Concrete Cooling Towers from Corrosion

When exposed to harsh operating environments, reinforced concrete cooling towers can develop severe corrosion of embedded steel reinforcement that leads to concrete delamination and spalling

Automotive Study Eyes Corrosion of Body Panels, Underbody Parts

After examining the rust patterns on hundreds of vehicles, researchers say untreated vehicles had nearly seven times more visible corrosion on body panels than on vehicles protected with rust control treatments.

Self-Healing Material Builds Itself from Carbon Exposure

The polymer, which might someday be used as construction or repair material or for protective coatings, continuously converts the greenhouse gas into a carbon-based material that reinforces itself, according to the researchers. This “self-healing material,” designed to mimic the absorption properties of green plants, has potential applications in a variety of construction and protective coatings projects.

Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing Detects Steel Bridge Corrosion

Minnesota transportation officials say using phased array ultrasonic testing with three-dimensional scanning more accurately detects and measures corrosion on steel bridges than traditional methods.

Roundtable on the Future of Corrosion Control: Part 1

Industry panelists share their predictions on where the corrosion industry is going in the next 25 years and beyond by predicting the corrosion control developments of the future.

New Sensing, Simulation Tools Predict Military Aircraft Corrosion

The Air Force Research Laboratory says it is developing a new environmental sensing platform and testing chamber apparatus to enable superior management of aircraft corrosion. Researchers are currently testing both devices, which they believe could help preemptively predict corrosive environmental conditions before they can cause damage to military assets.

Tank Integrity Studied at Radioactive U.S. Waste Storage Site

In the latest round of testing, investigators found that two tanks at the decommissioned Hanford nuclear production complex in Washington had spots showing significant thinning in a ring around the shell’s wall.

The Science Behind It: Fracture Investigation of a S13Cr-110 Tubing String with Premium Joints

An investigation and testing on a fractured premium joint tubing string in a high-pressure, high-temperature well determined the failures were caused by stress corrosion cracking.

Real-time Structural Health Monitoring to Detect Cracks

U.S. and U.K. researchers are working together on the development of real-time sensing systems to alert maintenance engineers of cracks in transportation infrastructure.

Underdeposit Corrosion in a Subsea Water Injection Pipeline

Underdeposit corrosion (UDC), a general term that refers to localized corrosion that develops beneath or around deposits on a metal surface, is a phenomenon that leads to pipeline failures and is one of the most damaging forms of corrosion for oil and gas pipelines. It can occur in subsea water injection pipelines, well-fluid pipelines, and large-diameter transmission lines.

New Bacterial Process Developed to Heal Concrete

Using nanobiotechnology and a process known as solid-state fermentation, university researchers are making concrete that regenerates to repair cracks as they develop.

Advanced Corrosion, Rust Drive Brake Pad Failures

A new study from the Global Brake Safety Council suggests the use of substandard materials and processes in automobile brake pads could be leading to accelerated failure modes. The council was formed in 2014 to advocate and raise awareness for high standards in brake safety while ensuring responsible manufacturing in the automotive industry.