Phorgotten Phenomena

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.

Wanted: Technical Articles for MP

To successfully communicate the wide variety of corrosion-related issues affecting corrosion professionals today, MP is actively encouraging corrosion control professionals worldwide to submit technical articles to share their corrosion-related experiences with over 36,000 NACE International members around the globe.

Characterizing Severe Bridge Pile Corrosion in a Marine Environment

Divers conducting inspections of the Mickler-O’Connell Bridge detected heavy corrosion of the steel H-piles. Researchers suspect microbiologically influenced corrosion caused localized degradation.

Neighborhood—An Influential Factor for Material Damages

This article highlights the impact of routine surrounding conditions as well as unusual neighborhood events on the integrity of process equipment and piping.

Preventing Internal Corrosion in Oil and Gas Field Pipelines

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.

It’s Not Just Paint—A Qualified Inspector Is Still Needed

The purpose of this article is to draw some attention to the importance of surface preparation and coating inspection and perhaps change some attitudes and the all-too-common practice of assigning less than qualified and experienced personnel to inspect surface preparation and coatings.

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.

Specification and Inspection Play Vital Role in Coating Steel Structures

This article provides basic concepts for young corrosion engineers to improve skills on coating specification and inspection that will impact structural steel painting work.

Recoating a Symbol of a City

The “Spoonbridge and Cherry” is an iconic sculpture in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recently, concern was expressed over the condition of the cherry and its coatings. The cherry was inspected, removed, and recoated. This article describes the rehabilitation process and the materials used.

Service Life Extension for Protective Coatings

Because of increasing costs, owners are demanding longer coating service life. Ten to 15 years is no longer satisfactory. Simply adding dry film thickness will not work since many coatings crack at excessive thicknesses. Recent coating technology advances permit the use of solvent-free epoxy and polyurethane systems having >15-year lives. Newer combinations of epoxy and polysiloxane resins will make a 25-year life achievable.

The Fine Art of Predicting Failures Just Before They Occur

When predicting a corrosion failure, ideally the time frame should be of sufficient duration to enable operators to take the appropriate action and eliminate the hazard. Occasionally it happens that a potential failure is predicted just before it actually occurs. This article describes such a situation.

The Importance of the Pre-Job Meeting

A thorough pre-job meeting is an essential part of any project. This article covers the requirements of a pre-job meeting before starting a coating project. It presents advice on who should attend, the roles of the attendees, and references needed.

Importance of the ‘Little Things’ in a Good Coating Job

Many years ago, early in my career, I was reminded that it’s the little things that make a standard paint job a good paint job. Coatings are too often thought of as something that must be done, but it’s not necessary to spend much time on surface preparation or application. After all, “paint is paint and anybody can apply paint.”

Odd Occurrences During Cathodic Protection Troubleshooting

“Stop, Look, and Listen.” These words from railroad crossing signs are good ones to keep in mind when troubleshooting cathodic protection (CP). Some trouble shooting efforts are pretty straightforward, involving depleted anodes, broken wires, burned out rectifier stacks, and the like. But there are occasions when nothing seems to make sense, and then it’s time to “stop, look, and listen” and figure it out. Here are a few experiences from nearly 45 years of CP work.

Check Solar Weather Before Performing Pipeline CP Evaluation

After experiencing severe telluric current activity on a pipeline, the author researched the subject. The causes and effects of telluric currents are explained and precautions for obtaining data on forecast telluric activity are given.