Materials Selection & Design

Study: Lack of Corrosion Controls Caused Flint Water Crisis

Led by university researchers, the findings of this new study support the understanding that lead leached into the pipes system in Flint, Michigan, because the water wasn’t treated to prevent corrosion.

Study Evaluates Chloride Limits for Structural Reinforced Concrete

Research on chloride limits for reinforced concrete found a relationship between the initial calculated total chloride content and the measured water-soluble chloride content in hardened concrete.

Device Measures Nanoscale Crevice, Pitting Corrosion in Real Time

University researchers developed a device called a surface forces apparatus (SFA) to get a real-time look at the process of crevice and pitting corrosion on confined metallic surfaces.

Battling Building Envelope Corrosion

Efficiently managing the effects of concrete corrosion can extend the life of a building; however, concrete is not the only component threatened by corrosion. On any building, both the cladding and fasteners holding it in place are exposed to varying degrees of corrosion.

New Technique Tracks Water in Concrete via Electrical Imaging

Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Eastern Finland are working on a novel technique for tracking water in concrete through the use of electricity.

X-Ray Analysis Used to Predict Sulfur Corrosion Rates in Crude Oil

Industry and university researchers are using x-ray techniques to develop an analysis tool to more accurately predict how sulfur compounds in crude oil could corrode processing plant equipment.

Fungi Species Could Limit Concrete Corrosion by Healing Cracks

Researchers say the application of a specific species of fungi into the concrete matrix during the mixing process could serve as an unusual candidate to help concrete heal itself.

Study: North American Waterways Becoming Saltier, More Alkaline

University researchers find significant increases in both salinization and alkalinization of U.S. streams and rivers, which can influence the water's corrosivity.

Investigators Find Severe Corrosion in 2015 California Gas Leak

Independent investigators found extensive corrosion on the well casing that broke open at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon gas storage facility in October 2015. In the aftermath, engineering consultancy Blade Energy Partners was granted authority by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to conduct a root cause analysis of the metallurgical and fractographic aspects of the gas leak.

Thermal Imaging Used for Nondestructive Testing of Concrete Pillars

Russian scientists recently used a thermal imaging technique to study the corrosion of steel reinforcement within 14 reinforced concrete pillars.

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.