Materials Selection & Design

Remote Monitoring of a Natural Gas Pipeline CP System

This article describes the importance and benefits of remotely monitoring a large distributed CP system, being optimally operated to ensure 24/7 protection of assets against corrosion.

Austrian Research Project Aims to Improve Concrete Diagnostics

A global research consortium is working to develop a new method to better assess the condition of concrete structures, as well as enabling laboratory measurements with more precision.

The Future of Machine Learning on Corrosion

The team utilized corrosion growth rate estimates collected from a dataset of operations from a North American pipeline operator’s integrity database, and developed machine learning algorithms to estimate risk.

Moisture Drainage and Stand-Offs Impact on Insulation Wetting

Patterns of moisture trapping underneath insulation were visualized using moisture detection imaging, and a contact-free insulation system with low-point drains achieved maximum drainage efficiency (97%) and the least trapping.

Researchers Seek Better Fabrication Techniques for pH-Responsive Microcapsules

The new technique developed by University of Illinois researchers can potentially be used to make microcapsules that respond to changes in pH, which are useful for applications such as anticorrosion coatings.

New Robotic Inspection System for Nuclear Waste Storage Tanks

The Southwest Research Institute has been awarded a $1.3-million project to build a robotic inspection system designed specifically to inspect the bottoms of massive underground double-shell tanks.

Podcasts: Materials Performance Interview Series

In this new series, Materials Performance (MP) Magazine Editor Rebecca A. Bickham and Staff Writer Ben DuBose interview a wide range of corrosion experts to bring you the latest news and information regarding key technologies and industry trends.

Machine-Learning Tool Could Help Develop Tougher Materials

Researchers say the system could be applied to a wide variety of techniques unfolding over time, such as the diffusion of one material into another, or corrosion processes.

Building a Corrosion Management System via Material Sustainability and Stewardship

The goal is to foster a technical society of forward-looking, proactive professionals equipped to support sustainability in tangible, meaningful ways via knowledge, standards, and a vision for future generations.

Antarctica—Corrosion in a Polar Desert

From a brief visit, it appears that along the Antarctic Peninsula, the low temperature and dryness retard corrosion in the face of corrosion-aggravating marine conditions.

Strategic Planning at NACE International: Seventh in a Series

The plan for success has three elements: key strategic initiatives, implementation plans, and review and reload sessions. In this month’s post, we introduce all three steps in the plan for success process.

Radiation Backscatter-Based Nondestructive Technology Detects Corrosion under Insulation on Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms

One of the most common forms of corrosion found in the offshore oil and gas industry is corrosion under insulation (CUI). Many components on offshore platforms, such as piping systems, pressure vessels, tanks, and other equipment, are insulated for personnel protection and/or to keep fluids at appropriate temperatures for process efficiency. When insulated equipment is exposed to the harsh offshore marine environment (salt spray and mist), the ingress of chloride-laden moisture into the insulating material renders the underlying metal substrate vulnerable to accelerated localized corrosion, which often goes undetected.

Pipeline Corrosion Issues Related to Carbon Capture, Transportation, and Storage

For the foreseeable future, fossil fuels will continue to be the dominant source of the world’s primary energy production. There has been growing concern that the use of these carbon-based fuels produces greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide (CO2), which adversely affect the global climate and environment. One way to mitigate the problem is to use carbon capture, transportation, and storage (CCTS) techniques and systems.

NACE International’s Annual Corrosion Career Survey Results for 2015

Corrosion professionals in North America and Europe have experienced another year of continued growth in career opportunities and salary levels, according to the 2015 Corrosion Career Survey conducted by Materials Performance magazine.

Belzona Case Study on Pipeline Protection

An international oil and gas exploration and production company was looking to enhance oil recovery techniques in Oman. Internal coating of the pipelines provided corrosion protection, reduced friction, and improved flow efficiency when conveying corrosive water slurry, and offered adequate corrosion protection during subsequent transportation of recovered crude oil.