Materials Selection & Design

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.

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.

Unmanned Aircraft Collect Cathodic Protection Readings on Remote Pipelines

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are being utilized more and more in various industries to safely and efficiently inspect critical assets and infrastructure that would otherwise be difficult to access.

Scientists Add Biofilm to Protect Mortar from Moisture

Knowing that moisture can destroy mortar over time, a team of Technical University of Munich scientists developed a new process to limit water uptake by adding a biofilm while mixing the material.

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.

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.

Results Posted for NACE International’s 2016 Annual Corrosion Career Survey

Average annual salaries in 2016 are reported for corrosion professionals in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. A slight gain was seen for the United States and United Kingdom, while a larger increase was recorded in Canada.

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.

Controlling Cavitation Damage in Pumps on Oil Offshore Platforms

This article explores possible remedies to cavitation, including finishing the surfaces of pump components with a hydrophobic composite coating with a smooth and glassy surface.

Novel Technique Studies Water Pipe Corrosion Caused By Microbes

With adaptation, the authors say this system could be used to accurately replicate corrosion in soil with the introduction of nutrients to match the soil environment in question and cultured biofilms found along buried pipelines.

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.

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.

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.