While there are solutions to mitigate microbiologically influenced corrosion, a big challenge is to make the connection between corrosion damage and the activity of microorganisms.
When steels corrode under a high-pressure, high-temperature multiphase environment containing supercritical carbon dioxide, various gas impurities, salts, crude oil, and solid particles merit further investigation.
Molecular microbiological methods (MMM) are becoming more commonly used as an alternative for culture-based methods for estimating bacterial numbers in oilfield systems.
Preventing the internal corrosion of crude oil, natural gas, and water injection pipelines involves numerous steps, which operators should follow to ensure the integrity of oil and gas field pipelines that are essential for uninterrupted production.
A study was recently conducted to determine the viability of vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) technology in mitigating corrosion. Overall, VCIs were found to be effective in mitigating corrosion when recommended dosages are used, and they could also be used in combination with impressed current CP systems.
The usual challenge for stainless steel pickling involves removing all scale, iron contamination, and welding oxides to achieve a fully passivated surface with an even, clean, and aesthetic finish. In this case, a new nitric-acid-free process was installed at a large beer barrel plant in Spain.
To improve the corrosion resistance of the grounding grids in saline-alkali soil, the authors fabricated a conductive and anticorrosive coating. After a series of tests, results indicated that an increase of nickel powder in the coating can lead to its electrical conductivity enhancement.
Ammonium chloride corrosion is an aggressive form of localized, underdeposit corrosion commonly found in overhead equipment and piping associated with crude units.
The corrosion rates were investigated for carbon steel (CS) and Cr-containing steel exposed in water saturated with supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) for 96 hours with different contents of impurities.
Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) refers to corrosion caused by the presence and activities of microorganisms—microalgae, bacteria, and fungi. While microorganisms do not produce unique types of corrosion, they can accelerate corrosion reactions or shift corrosion mechanisms. Microbial action has been identified as a contributor to rapid corrosion of metals and alloys exposed to soils; seawater, distilled water, and freshwater; crude oil, hydrocarbon fuels, and process chemicals; and sewage. Many industries and infrastructure are affected by MIC, including oil production, power generation, transportation, and water and waste water.
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.
Regular inspection, monitoring, sampling, and chemical treatment activities are needed to mitigate corrosion. Data are not always adequately reported on a regular basis, however, which could gradually render an asset integrity management system less effective.
Scientists have developed a non-chrome primer system by incorporating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) modified with organic corrosion inhibitors into an epoxy-based resin. The goal of the coating development effort was to identify promising CNT-containing non-chrome primer formulations that perform comparably to traditional chromated ones.
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.