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Canadian government forms research group to develop new uses for aluminum in ground transport sector
Canadian government forms research group to develop new uses for aluminum in ground transport sector
Recognizing the inexpensive, sustainable, and lightweight nature of aluminum, and taking advantage of the fact that domestic smelters produce more than half of all aluminum used in North America, Canada’s newly-formed ALTec industrial research gr...
What makes a harsh environment a harsh environment?
What makes a harsh environment a harsh environment?
What makes a harsh environment? Like many questions in life the answer is, "It depends." For humans, a harsh environment includes extremes of temperature or elevated altitudes. For electronic equipment, it includes temperature, of course, but also enco...
Stopping corrosion in the utility industry
Stopping corrosion in the utility industry
From gas distribution, drinking water, and sewer piping to electric transmission, distribution and substation structures to telecom towers, much of the utility industry's carbon steel facility infrastructure is aging and now between 40 and 100 years old.
One 3-D printer for 21 metals
One 3-D printer for 21 metals
A new technology for 3-D-printing metal parts could be a cheaper and more versatile alternative to common industrial metalworking techniques. It also opens the door to new kinds of parts with unique properties that arise from the precise combination of...
Lost anchors a growing concern
Lost anchors a growing concern
Lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs, and DNV GL, Gard and The Swedish Club have responded to a negative trend in loss of anchors and chains and associated costs with a study into root causes. The study has revealed that a major...
Chemically bonded phosphate ceramics provide corrosion protection for storage tanks
Chemically bonded phosphate ceramics provide corrosion protection for storage tanks
A variety of industrial facilities with structures constructed of carbon steel are at risk of corrosion. An inorganic spray-on protective coating technology provides corrosion protection to metal through a chemically bonded phosphate ceramic.
Localized corrosion failure of a hydraulic pipeline in a subsea gas well
Localized corrosion failure of a hydraulic pipeline in a subsea gas well
After 10 years of normal operation, a hydraulic circulation pipeline of a subsea gas production well failed at its bend zone due to internal localized corrosion attack. This appears to be related to crevice corrosion and pitting.
Aerospace industry trends and aluminum use
Aerospace industry trends and aluminum use
The future of the aerospace industry appears bright and will be characterized by strong aircraft demand for the foreseeable future. Consequently, demand for aluminum alloys for this industry will remain high as well. The worldwide commercial passenger ...
Shape memory alloys the basis for more efficient refrigerant-free cooling
Shape memory alloys the basis for more efficient refrigerant-free cooling
By preserving our food and keeping our buildings comfortable in hot weather, mechanical cooling systems have been a boon, but with their refrigerant gases and high power consumption they're not exactly environmentally friendly. In an effort to make a g...
High-temperature devices made from films that bend as they 'breathe'
High-temperature devices made from films that bend as they 'breathe'
Carrying out maintenance tasks inside a nuclear plant puts severe strains on equipment, due to extreme temperatures that are hard for components to endure without degrading. Now, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have come up with a radically new way to...
72-hour countdown for water tank repair
72-hour countdown for water tank repair
Imagine the stopwatch starting before you even get to the jobsite for a steel tank lining and coating job. Imagine on top of that, when you arrive on site, there are enough holes in the steel to make it look a bit like Swiss cheese.
Flake-like nanoparticles offer reliable rust protection
Flake-like nanoparticles offer reliable rust protection
Research scientists at Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed a special type of flake-like zinc-phosphate nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are ten times as long as they are thick. As a result of this anisotropy, the penetration of g...
Corrosion basics: Stress corrosion cracking
Corrosion basics: Stress corrosion cracking
Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) is a mechanical-chemical process leading to the cracking of certain alloys at stresses below their tensile strength.
New standards provide maintenance guidelines for the electric power industry
New standards provide maintenance guidelines for the electric power industry
NACE International and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have joined together to provide joint industry standards that address above-grade and below-grade corrosion of steel transmission and distribution structures.
Bad sewer pipes turning Columbus, Georgia, road red
Bad sewer pipes turning Columbus, Georgia, road red
One of the bright spots on the south end of Columbus, Georgia, has suffered a huge setback officials didn't expect to occur for a few decades down the road.
Long-lasting coatings for offshore renewable energy
Long-lasting coatings for offshore renewable energy
EU researchers have developed an innovative and environmentally friendly new aluminium-based coating to provide protection for offshore energy installations. The Advanced Coatings for Offshore Renewable Energy project has developed a new protective coa...
Rusting stern plates sideline Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel
Rusting stern plates sideline Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel
A Canadian Coast Guard vessel, one of several once flagged as unsafe, has been taken out of service.
Scientists create world's most expensive material, valued at $145 million per gram
Scientists create world's most expensive material, valued at $145 million per gram
If your life’s ambition is to become very, very rich, consider getting into the business of producing endohedral fullerenes — the world’s most expensive material. Scientists at Oxford University in the U.K. announced that a spin-off ...
Enbridge invests $7 million in safety equipment for Straits
Enbridge invests $7 million in safety equipment for Straits
Heightened scrutiny over the safety of its oil and liquid natural gas pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan has Enbridge Energy touting a new $7 million investment in spill control and recovery equipment.
A magnesium-rich primer shows promise in the quest to replace chromate-based paint systems
A magnesium-rich primer shows promise in the quest to replace chromate-based paint systems
A team of materials science researchers at The University of Virginia (UVA) has identified a magnesium-rich primer — used as part of a normal paint system — as a promising candidate to replace chromate-based paint systems that protect alumi...
Beating back corrosion in trucking
Beating back corrosion in trucking
When it comes to refurbishing trailers, Dave Letts says that corrosion problems strike the same areas over and over again largely due to the operating conditions every trucking company must deal with.
Corrosion puts ports under attack
Corrosion puts ports under attack
Strength has always been a common boon — think Samson's God-given powers and Superman's ability to ferry buses and trains through the skies with one finger. But even the mighty have their weaknesses: a haircut could turn Samson into a quivering j...
World's highest railway bridge is coming up over the Chenab River in India
World's highest railway bridge is coming up over the Chenab River in India
In around two years from now, the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir, India, is expected to be 115 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower.
Customized protective coatings meet the challenge of extending service life for rotating equipment
Customized protective coatings meet the challenge of extending service life for rotating equipment
Achieving an acceptable service life without excessive maintenance can be a challenge for rotating equipment that is used in the processing and delivery of hydrocarbon products. Thanks to the latest surface coating technologies, however, it is possible...
What's the difference between aluminum and copper in electrical applications?
What's the difference between aluminum and copper in electrical applications?
There are obviously materials property differences, such as capacitance, weight, and cost, between aluminum (Al) and copper (Cu) to consider for an electrical application. Al was more prevalent in the past for products such as bus bars, fuses and break...
Nanocoatings deliver performance and operational advancements
Nanocoatings deliver performance and operational advancements
Carbon nanotechnology advancements and their use in a new coating address the ever-growing demand from asset owners to obtain sustaining and economically viable coating solutions.
Research project focuses on microbial-induced pipeline corrosion
Research project focuses on microbial-induced pipeline corrosion
A collaborative four-year research project will study microorganisms found in oil and gas pipeline environments and look for trends related to microbiologically influenced corrosion.
Waterproofing system protects landmark New York bridge
Waterproofing system protects landmark New York bridge
Heavy traffic on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge meant that the 50-year-old upper level deck required replacement to make way for a lighter-weight orthotropic deck consisting of more durable steel.
Eyes-only inspection didn't see Ohio fair ride's corrosion
Eyes-only inspection didn't see Ohio fair ride's corrosion
Ohio's state ride inspections aren't designed to catch the type of damage its manufacturer said led to its catastrophic failure at the Ohio State Fair, killing an 18-year-old man and injuring seven others.
Engineering research team discovers that wastewater grease traps may damage sewer pipelines
Engineering research team discovers that wastewater grease traps may damage sewer pipelines
A University of Hawaii at Manoa Engineering team has discovered that microorganisms in wastewater grease traps may actually aggravate fat, oil and grease (FOG) deposits in sewers – a problem that the grease traps were designed to reduce. Findings...
Testing materials for corrosion in an Icelandic geothermal environment
Testing materials for corrosion in an Icelandic geothermal environment
Geothermal power is Iceland's single largest source of energy; however, geothermal steam contains noncondensable gases that are considered to be either greenhouse, corrosive, or toxic.
A faster and cheaper way to 3-D print with metal powders and even rust
A faster and cheaper way to 3-D print with metal powders and even rust
A team of Northwestern University engineers has developed a new method for 3-D printing metal that uses liquid inks and a simple syringe-extrusion technique, much like a regular 3-D printer, yet with the ability to create complex and more uniform archi...
A boost for steel: A smarter and safer way to tackle corrosion
A boost for steel: A smarter and safer way to tackle corrosion
A team from Swansea University which is developing a new "smart release" corrosion inhibitor, for use in coated steel products, has won the Materials Science Venture Prize awarded by The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.
Detecting corrosion through data
Detecting corrosion through data
Corrosion is a fact of life in offshore environments, and offshore production costs are significantly impacted by it. It is often a known unknown, and this makes business and investment decisions that need to consider its impact harder and riskier.
Corrosion basics: Stray current effects
Corrosion basics: Stray current effects
Where stray currents discharge from a structure into the electrolyte environment in order to return to the source, corrosion will occur. If the corrosion is concentrated over a limited surface area, the integrity of the structure may be threatened in a...
Corrosion-resistant magnesium could replace aluminum in decreasing vehicle weight
Corrosion-resistant magnesium could replace aluminum in decreasing vehicle weight
Magnesium is the lightest construction metal, but also the most reactive. This means that it is very sensitive to corrosion, making it difficult to use in corrosive environments. For more than a hundred years, magnesium producers have strived to improv...
New coating material protects concrete pipes from corrosion
New coating material protects concrete pipes from corrosion
A Ph.D. student in the University of British Columbia's Civil Engineering Department has developed a coating material that she says extends the life span of concrete pipes that have been damaged by biodeterioration. "The coating has been successfully t...
The coatings industry mourns the loss of Jim Johnson
The coatings industry mourns the loss of Jim Johnson
James R. Johnson, founder of CHLOR*RID International, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at his home in Yaak, Montana, of natural causes. He had been active in several of the NACE coatings technical committees since 1991 and was active with the Soci...
Cold spray technology designed to repair commercial aircraft parts
Cold spray technology designed to repair commercial aircraft parts
A joint project by The University of Akron and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services is targeting "cold spray" repair of corroded and worn parts on commercial aircraft.
Gas plant uses carbon fiber-reinforced polymer wrap to strengthen concrete columns
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.
Making sense of metallic glass
Making sense of metallic glass
If you freeze any liquid fast enough, even liquid metal, it becomes a glass. Vitrified metals, or metallic glasses, are at the frontier of materials science research. They have been made by rapidly cooling alloys of various metals including, zirconium,...
Science leads to cost reduction of carbon fiber
Science leads to cost reduction of carbon fiber
Carbon fiber has the potential to change industries around the world. Lighter cars, compressed gas storage and stiffer, more efficient wind turbines are examples of its many uses.
America's water infrastructure is in need of a major overhaul
America's water infrastructure is in need of a major overhaul
The current crisis in Flint, Michigan, over potentially toxic levels of lead in the city’s water could serve a larger purpose if it draws attention to the nation’s aging water infrastructure. By some estimates, more than $1 trillion in ...
Making the invisible visible: Color-changing indicators highlight microscopic damage
Making the invisible visible: Color-changing indicators highlight microscopic damage
Damage developing in a material can be difficult to see until something breaks or fails. A new polymer damage indication system automatically highlights areas that are cracked, scratched, or stressed, allowing engineers to address problem areas before ...
Can trenchless construction technology burst through?
Can trenchless construction technology burst through?
Pipe bursting involves ramming a new pipe inside an old one, with cutters slitting and bursting the existing pipe as the new one replaces it. The only excavation involves digging launch pits to insert the new pipe. However, being one of the few pipe bu...
Shape-shifting polymer straightens out from body heat
Shape-shifting polymer straightens out from body heat
There have been plenty of tries at shape-changing materials, but this one might be the most practical yet. The University of Rochester has created a polymer that returns to its original shape when subjected to body heat. The solution was to attach poly...
New GM ads hit Ford hard over aluminum pickup trucks
New GM ads hit Ford hard over aluminum pickup trucks
Chevrolet launched a new, national ad campaign June 8 for its Silverado pickups that revives the often testy battle with crosstown rival Ford over who makes the biggest, best or toughest truck.
Carbon nanotubes improve metal's longevity under radiation
Carbon nanotubes improve metal's longevity under radiation
One of the main reasons for limiting the operating lifetimes of nuclear reactors is that metals exposed to the strong radiation environment near the reactor core become porous and brittle, which can lead to cracking and failure. Now, a team of research...
3-D printing makes solid titanium bicycle frame possible
3-D printing makes solid titanium bicycle frame possible
Can titanium be used as a cost-effective material to make bicycle frames for the average commuter? The superstrong metal has long been used for decades in the creation of high-end bikes that are used, mostly, by consumers willing to pay a premium for m...
Ceramic injection-molding technology produces cheaper, stronger complex ceramic parts
Ceramic injection-molding technology produces cheaper, stronger complex ceramic parts
Cars, rockets, cell phones and many other items could soon be manufactured faster, greener, less expensively and with more precision than traditional methods thanks to a ceramic engineering company commercializing a Purdue innovation.
Australian architects are using drones for building inspections
Australian architects are using drones for building inspections
The use of drones in the world of architecture is set to rise dramatically, with both an increase of building height in Australia’s cities and suburbs and contractual obligations for appropriate maintenance and pre-purchase due diligence reports ...
A new approach to corrosion-resistant aerospace designs
A new approach to corrosion-resistant aerospace designs
To help engineers and designers make good design and maintenance material choices by predicting and quantifying galvanic corrosion risk at material interfaces, an easy-to-use software program was developed for the Sea-Based Aviation team under a Small ...
Turns out oil sands bitumen floats in water, and that's good news for stalled pipelines
Turns out oil sands bitumen floats in water, and that's good news for stalled pipelines
The debate over what happens to oil-sands crude in a freshwater spill just got a new twist - one that could help unlock stalled pipelines.
Indian nuclear plant 'catches smallpox'
Indian nuclear plant 'catches smallpox'
An investigation into leaking pipes at a nuclear power plant in India has resulted in bizarre press reports.
The problem with ethanol in gasoline
The problem with ethanol in gasoline
In addition to being less volatile than gasoline — requiring more of it than gasoline to travel the same distance — ethanol can cause irreparable harm to gasoline-fueled internal combustion engines, whether in an automobile or a chain saw.
If the US wants to fix its infrastructure problem, it'll have to cut through the red tape
If the US wants to fix its infrastructure problem, it'll have to cut through the red tape
In the United States, bigger is better. America goes stronger, faster and further than everyone else. Right? Wrong. You don't need to look hard to see America's infrastructure is crumbling. It's something even the presidential candidates agree on ̵...
Soil-side corrosion causes premature failure of oil storage tank bottom plates
Soil-side corrosion causes premature failure of oil storage tank bottom plates
Without an effective cathodic protection system and no other means of corrosion control, the tank floor was exposed to a severe form of bacterial and underdeposit corrosion.
General Motors will recall 2.2 million cars in China
General Motors will recall 2.2 million cars in China
SAIC-GM, a joint venture between General Motors and Chinese partner SAIC, will have to recall 2.16 million vehicles in China.
Composite Repair Material Bonds to Poor Substrate on Historic Vessel
Composite Repair Material Bonds to Poor Substrate on Historic Vessel
This former combat vessel suffered from leaks and a pitted surface. It needed a long-term coating repair solution capable of bonding to a poor substrate with rapid curing times.
Why Russia's nuclear submarine fleet might be 'sinking'
Why Russia's nuclear submarine fleet might be 'sinking'
By 2030, the bulk of Russia's nuclear-powered attack and cruise-missile submarines will be in their mid-thirties at least — with some pushing into their forties.
World's 1st graphene paint launches in the UK
World's 1st graphene paint launches in the UK
Miracle material graphene - considered the strongest substance known to science - has been used to make eco-friendly paint by manufacturer Graphenstone.
Zinc-rich epoxy primer uses glass spheres, zinc activator to enhance corrosion resistance
Zinc-rich epoxy primer uses glass spheres, zinc activator to enhance corrosion resistance
A novel, organic zinc-rich primer coating technology relies on a combination of zinc dust, hollow glass spheres, and a proprietary activator to provide cathodic protection with greatly improved mechanical properties (crack resistance) and adhesion.
Danger below: Rhode Island's gas-pipe network leaks like a sieve
Danger below: Rhode Island's gas-pipe network leaks like a sieve
Rhode Island's natural gas distribution system has a troubling percentage of bare steel and iron pipes - outdated materials prone to corrosion and cracking that need to be replaced for the public's safety.
Evaluating sensors to monitor steel corrosion in concrete structures
Evaluating sensors to monitor steel corrosion in concrete structures
Corrosion costs have compelled the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Corrosion Research Laboratory (Gainesville, Florida) to investigate new technologies and methods that can assess concrete bridge structures for corrosion.
River bottom profiles for pipeline integrity management
River bottom profiles for pipeline integrity management
When conducting ongoing pipeline integrity management programs, it is vital for operators to have access to as much information regarding potential corrosive activity on their pipeline as possible. The data provided from river bottom profiles (RBP) off...
The science of building better bridges
The science of building better bridges
When Minneapolis’ I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapsed on April 1, 2007, 13 people were killed and 145 were injured. The failure of the busy eight-lane steel structure called attention to the poor state of our national infrastructure — ...
How best to stir a steel furnace, and beat corrosion
How best to stir a steel furnace, and beat corrosion
Two steel research projects led by Swansea University - a better way to tackle corrosion, and more efficient use of furnaces - are on a list of only 11 awards, across all subjects and the whole U.K., by the Royal Society, one of the world's most presti...
High-performance spray-applied waterproofing protects concrete and steel
High-performance spray-applied waterproofing protects concrete and steel
Coating failure has led to significant degradation of America’s structural elements. As an alternative to more traditional materials, new high-performance, spray-applied waterproofing systems are being used to protect and maintain critical infras...
Designing the 1st HDD rigs
Designing the 1st HDD rigs
Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) rigs are widely used on transmission pipeline projects efficiently and economically to complete river and road crossings, and traverse environmentally sensitive areas with the lowest impact. But how did the technol...
Cylinder explosion on cruise ship was due to corrosion
Cylinder explosion on cruise ship was due to corrosion
Investigators in New Zealand say that a fatal gas cylinder explosion aboard the cruise ship Emerald Princess was caused by corrosion.
Effect of humidity on surface preparation and coating application
Effect of humidity on surface preparation and coating application
A common coating scenario is that a contractor blasts all day long, then experiences delays before coating the blasted surface. A dehumidification system can help with meeting specifications for application and achieving customer satisfaction.
Soy-based BPA alternative coating wins award
Soy-based BPA alternative coating wins award
A coating technology which could be used to replace Bisphenol A (BPA) in a variety of applications has been awarded second place in a category at the 2016 Bio-Based Innovation Awards. The soy-based resin has corrosion resistance for aluminum and steel ...
Making some of the world's most durable materials corrosion-resistant
Making some of the world's most durable materials corrosion-resistant
Borides are among the hardest and most heat-resistant substances on the planet, but their Achilles' heel, like so many materials', is that they oxidize at high temperatures. Oxidation is the chemical reaction commonly known as corrosion or rusting R...
Corrosion monitoring and inhibitors for production tubing in gas wells
Corrosion monitoring and inhibitors for production tubing in gas wells
In oil and gas installations, the production tubing is critical in producing fluids from the reservoir. Corrosion of production tubing not only hampers production from the well, but replacement costs are significant, requiring special work-over jobs. M...
Continuous remote corrosion monitoring supports environmental compliance for jetty operations
Continuous remote corrosion monitoring supports environmental compliance for jetty operations
Ships and barges need a certain amount of water depth to safely load and unload product, so most facilities use jetties to enable vessels to moor in deeper water. The use of carbon steel, however, opens up the risk of internal corrosion.
U.S. FAA proposes stronger corrosion checks on select Boeing aircraft
U.S. FAA proposes stronger corrosion checks on select Boeing aircraft
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington, DC) recently issued a proposal to adopt a new airworthiness directive for select aircraft models by The Boeing Co. This proposed [directive] was prompted by reports of corrosion in the aft fus...
Kia recalls 98,000 Sedona minivans for suspension corrosion
Kia recalls 98,000 Sedona minivans for suspension corrosion
Kia is recalling 97,884 Sedona minivans built between June 15, 2005, and Aug. 12, 2012, over potential corrosion of front lower control arms. This is the second time Kia has recalled Sedona vans of this era for suspension corrosion issues. It's also wo...
IMPACT study benchmarks corrosion management practices across industries
IMPACT study benchmarks corrosion management practices across industries
NACE International has embarked on a study — IMPACT — that goes beyond the economic effects of corrosion; it emphasizes how to integrate corrosion technology with organizational management systems to optimize corrosion decisions with respec...
New International Space Station crew to conduct microbiological corrosion experiments
New International Space Station crew to conduct microbiological corrosion experiments
The new International Space Station (ISS) crew will carry out 39 experiments, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, crew chief of the Soyuz MS spacecraft said May 31.
Robotic crawlers inspect unpiggable pipelines
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.
'Seawater-drinking' battery could expand rage of underwater drones
'Seawater-drinking' battery could expand rage of underwater drones
The recent acquisition of MIT spin out Open Water Power (OWP) by defense company L3 Technologies will help with the development of its innovative battery technology for a wide range of undersea applications, the company says. OWP is currently working w...
The world's first composite lighthouse
The world's first composite lighthouse
Acciona Infrastructures in Spain, along with Hunsman Advanced Technology, have been awarded recognition at the composites show JEC World for the first all-composite lighthouse in Valencia.
Faced with hardware failures, oil and gas industry says, 'We've got this'
Faced with hardware failures, oil and gas industry says, 'We've got this'
Andy Woodfield of GE Aviation has a hopeful message for a guy who leads off with a horrible accident. The July 19, 1989, plane crash in Sioux City, Iowa, that he opens with killed 111 people and injured 172 more, after a minuscule defect in a titanium ...
Keeping microbes, zebra mussels away
Keeping microbes, zebra mussels away
Only in dreams do zebra mussels have anything to do with implants for the brain — unless you’re Noah Snyder. He’s now marketing a chemical compound that can both help ward off the invasive species and make medical devices safer. The ...
White House enlists private sector for $4 billion upgrade to water infrastructure
White House enlists private sector for $4 billion upgrade to water infrastructure
The White House has turned to the private sector in an attempt to mend America’s creaking water infrastructure system, securing $4 billion in commitments from businesses and instituting a new plan to help deal with crises such as the Flint, M...
Protecting against internal corrosion
Protecting against internal corrosion
Internal corrosion of oilfield tubulars is a prevalent risk in the oil field. This common problem can be caused by many sources, including hydrogen sulfide (H2S), CO2, dissolved oxygen, brinish disposal water, highly acidic soil c...
Corrosion basics: Protecting fixed structures in seawater
Corrosion basics: Protecting fixed structures in seawater
Structures such as steel bulkheads, steel piles supporting piers or wharfs, offshore drilling platforms, and other similar structures may be cathodically protected with either sacrificial galvanic anode systems or impressed current systems.
Corrosion basics: Close-interval potential surveys
Corrosion basics: Close-interval potential surveys
The principle of a close-interval potential survey is to record the pipe-to-soil potential profile of a pipeline over its entire length by measuring potentials at intervals that do not significantly exceed the depth of the pipe.
Corrosion risks and mitigation strategies for offshore wind turbine foundations
Corrosion risks and mitigation strategies for offshore wind turbine foundations
An increasing number of wind turbine structures have been installed, particularly on monopile foundations. Corrosion experiences and mitigation strategies reported by the offshore wind energy industry for these foundations are discussed.
Can Battleship Texas win its war with time, corrosion?
Can Battleship Texas win its war with time, corrosion?
For decades, the USS Texas was one of the most feared battleships in the U.S. Navy. Armed with anti-aircraft guns during World War I, its crew kept German fleets from severing Allies' supply lines.
Study results establish principles of predicting trend for promoting or suppressing oxidation of ...
Study results establish principles of predicting trend for promoting or suppressing oxidation of ...
With documented public water issues caused by corrosion in Hoosick Falls, New York, and Flint, Michigan, it is necessary to know the impact of corrosion on copper at the atomic level so that such issues can be avoided in future pipes. Corrosion-related...
Alternating current interference mitigation for a cathodically protected pipeline
Alternating current interference mitigation for a cathodically protected pipeline
It is becoming more common for crude oil or gas pipelines to share their rights-of-way with high-voltage alternating current (AC) power lines. Safety is a major concern for operators, and the integrity of AC mitigation facilities is crucial in reducing...
What do you know about inorganic zinc coatings?
What do you know about inorganic zinc coatings?
Single-coat inorganic zinc (IOZ) silicate coatings can provide long-term protection to steel, especially in marine atmospheric environments. As a single coat, they allow rapid coating work. As a relatively thin coating, they are also very economical.
New biomaterial impedes bacteria on metal surfaces
New biomaterial impedes bacteria on metal surfaces
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have developed an innovative anti-biofilm coating, which has significant anti-adhesive potential for a variety of medical and industrial applications.
Piece of 1888 Colorado Springs infrastructure uncovered
Piece of 1888 Colorado Springs infrastructure uncovered
A project for improving the future of Colorado Springs just uncovered a still working piece of infrastructure from the city's earliest days. "It's stamped 1888," said Michael Lovato with Colorado Springs Utilities. He is referring to a massive water ma...
An alternative view of the cathodic protection mechanism on buried pipelines
An alternative view of the cathodic protection mechanism on buried pipelines
The application of CP polarizes steel in the electronegative direction, while raising the pH at the interface at the same time.
Lead in your water supply? It may be down to copper
Lead in your water supply? It may be down to copper
The average American uses 80-100 gallons of water every single day. And this water makes its way to you through a complex maze of pipes, buried beneath the streets. When the system works, we don’t even notice it. But when it fails, as shown in th...
The versatile future of coatings
The versatile future of coatings
Coatings and sealants are getting more versatile to deal with miniaturization and multiple materials, and tougher to meet requirements for higher reliability in harsh environments. A wide variety of coatings and sealant materials helps guard many diffe...
Encapsulating technology protects over 500 flanges
Encapsulating technology protects over 500 flanges
The repair and maintenance industry has employed many different techniques to combat flange corrosion. A gas supplier decided to commission a flexible and peelable coating system for the protection of over 500 flanges on the site.
Flint calls for bids for more pipe replacement work
Flint calls for bids for more pipe replacement work
The city is preparing for the next phase of a $55 million lead-pipe replacement effort. Mayor Karen Weaver’s office announced May 31 with the release of a Request for Proposals that businesses interested in doing the work have until June 16 t...
How to select the right laser for marking corrosion-resistant surfaces
How to select the right laser for marking corrosion-resistant surfaces
Many single- and multi-use stainless steel medical tools and devices require passivation to help them withstand corrosion and handle numerous autoclave cycles. At the same time, these parts also require laser marking for identification, tracking, and t...
Could road salt have contributed to the Flint water crisis?
Could road salt have contributed to the Flint water crisis?
Nothing can excuse the inadequate treatment, insufficient monitoring, and overall incompetence that caused the Flint, Michigan, drinking water crisis. But it's still worth asking why Flint River water is so corrosive in the first place. What made the w...
Engineers develop material that can sense fuel leaks and fuel-based explosives
Engineers develop material that can sense fuel leaks and fuel-based explosives
Alkane fuel is a key ingredient in combustible material such as gasoline, airplane fuel, oil — even a homemade bomb. Yet it's difficult to detect and there are no portable scanners available that can sniff out the odorless and colorless vapor. Bu...
Researchers launch new corrosion studies on solar cells
Researchers launch new corrosion studies on solar cells
Researchers from industry, academia, and U.S. Department of Energy laboratories are working together to research the corrosion of solar cells, with a goal of developing longer-lasting photovoltaic panels.
MIT researchers find way to fix hydrogen impact in nuclear reactors
MIT researchers find way to fix hydrogen impact in nuclear reactors
A way to reduce to the damage caused to metal alloys used in cladding of the fuel in nuclear reactor from exposure to hydrogen has been found by a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The researchers have conducted a...
Correcting concrete corrosion
Correcting concrete corrosion
Corrosion of the reinforcing steel in concrete is a worldwide problem that causes a range of economic, aesthetic, and utilization issues. However, if corrosion effects are considered in the design phase and the right decisions are made prior to constru...
New nanoparticle catalysts could reduce need for precious metals
New nanoparticle catalysts could reduce need for precious metals
Materials that speed up a chemical reaction without getting consumed in the process, known as catalysts, lie at the heart of many technologies, from vehicle emissions-control systems to high-tech devices such as fuel cells and electrolyzers. Unfortunat...
Damaged Rio Olympics medals soil athletes' memories of 2016
Damaged Rio Olympics medals soil athletes' memories of 2016
Organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games were forced to address the fact that more than 130 Olympic medals handed out in 2016 were defective in some way and had been returned for repairs. Some now had visible rust, black spots, or some other corr...
Photosynthesis of anticorrosive protective coatings for steel substrates
Photosynthesis of anticorrosive protective coatings for steel substrates
Novel environment-friendly anticorrosive coating formulations for mild steel substrates based on acrylated oil were prepared by using unsaturated amino acid compounds. The researchers from Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority synthesized the new corrosion ...
Suspension corrosion leads to Mitsubishi Outlander and Lancer recall
Suspension corrosion leads to Mitsubishi Outlander and Lancer recall
Mitsubishi Motors North America is conducting a safety campaign that surrounds certain models originally sold or registered in cold weather states.
New technique provides detailed views of metals' crystal structure
New technique provides detailed views of metals' crystal structure
Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have developed a new combination of methods that can provide detailed information about the microstructure of polycrystalline metals.
New research in Canada could make pipelines safer
New research in Canada could make pipelines safer
Whether it’s the TransMountain expansion or Northern Gateway, pipelines are regularly in the news. One engineering expert has just completed research he hopes could make them safer. For companies operating pipelines, it can be difficult to determ...
Atomic 're-packing' behind metallic glass mystery
Atomic 're-packing' behind metallic glass mystery
An international collaboration involving Hokkaido University's high-voltage electron microscope has solved a puzzle about the atomic structure of metallic glasses that has baffled scientists for four decades.
Design of an anti-corrosive weldable primer for steel protection
Design of an anti-corrosive weldable primer for steel protection
The high cost of steel corrosion is an industrial issue with high cost implications. The WeldaPrime project is a collaborative European funded project as part of the FP7 framework programme and aims at developing a weldable zinc-free anti-corrosion pri...
Preservation programs grow as state DOTs battle challenging bridge conditions
Preservation programs grow as state DOTs battle challenging bridge conditions
The truth is, while there are still a relatively large number of structurally deficient bridges across the country, roughly 58,500, that figure has dropped in recent years. It’s still not good, as the American Road & Transportation Builder’...
Half a million gallons of raw sewage spilled in Chesapeake, Virginia, when sanitation pipe ruptur...
Half a million gallons of raw sewage spilled in Chesapeake, Virginia, when sanitation pipe ruptur...
Virginia environmental and health officials are still closely watching the effects of a major sewage spill on Memorial Day in which more than half a million gallons leaked into two neighborhood ponds.
Piece of 1888 Colorado Springs, Colorado, infrastructure uncovered
Piece of 1888 Colorado Springs, Colorado, infrastructure uncovered
A project for improving the future of Colorado Springs just uncovered a still working piece of infrastructure from the city's earliest days.
Nearly 59,000 bridges in U.S. are structurally deficient
Nearly 59,000 bridges in U.S. are structurally deficient
There are about 2,500 fewer decrepit bridges in the United States than there were a year ago. Still, nearly 59,000 bridges are officially classified as structurally deficient. That's according to an analysis of the U.S. Department of TransportationR...
Industry fears overreach from gas pipeline safety advisory
Industry fears overreach from gas pipeline safety advisory
Natural gas industry groups are still decoding a federal agency's advice for identifying threats to safe pipeline operations and say they are concerned that it may overreach.
GM lightweighting strategy starts to bear fruit
GM lightweighting strategy starts to bear fruit
There’s more to lightweighting than shedding pounds. It’s about getting the weight out of the vehicle and beating your competitors on cost.
Long-awaited restoration underway in Derby, Connecticut, on Civil War Monument
Long-awaited restoration underway in Derby, Connecticut, on Civil War Monument
The black grime and greenish corrosion from 140 years of acid rain is being washed away.
Researchers on a South Pacific island try a new approach to detoxing the ocean
Researchers on a South Pacific island try a new approach to detoxing the ocean
Nickel mining is contaminating the waters of New Caledonia, and scientists are testing a commonly used approach for protecting metal from corrosion as a technique for removing metal from the ocean.
Queen Mary exterior to be treated for corrosion, new paint to restore ship's original colors
Queen Mary exterior to be treated for corrosion, new paint to restore ship's original colors
For the first time in over 15 years, the Queen Mary's exterior will be painted, to be restored to its original colors with the job expected to take about eight months.
Additional actions could improve federal use of data on pipeline materials and corrosion
Additional actions could improve federal use of data on pipeline materials and corrosion
An increasing majority of pipelines that distribute natural gas to homes and businesses are made of plastics. Steel pipelines are manufactured in various grades to accommodate higher operating pressures, but require corrosion protection and cost more t...
Does pipeline age really matter?
Does pipeline age really matter?
Thirty years of watching metal fail, often spectacularly, and Mehrooz Zamanzadeh has developed some go-to mantras.
Researchers accidentally make batteries last 400 times longer
Researchers accidentally make batteries last 400 times longer
Smartphones, tablets, and most other electronics rely on rechargeable batteries, but after a few thousand uses the batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge. The batteries of today are mainly lithium, and over time that lithium corrodes in...
A novel technique studies water pipe corrosion caused by microbes
A 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.
U.S. Air Force develops next-generation coatings application booth
U.S. Air Force develops next-generation coatings application booth
A next-generation coatings application booth for F-35 Lightning II aircraft at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is nearly complete and scheduled to begin operations by October 2017.
Without an effective cathodic protection system and no other means of corrosion control, the tank...
Without an effective cathodic protection system and no other means of corrosion control, the tank...
The pool was full and glistening in the sun, the balconies cluttered with colorful lounge chairs and a single white minivan sat unclaimed in the lower parking lot.
The best 3-D printer materials: Metals edition
The best 3-D printer materials: Metals edition
As powerful as plastics are for -D printing, nothing says "critical parts" like metal additive manufacturing (AM).
Renovated pump station to help big industry stay cool
Renovated pump station to help big industry stay cool
For the first time since its inception, the Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA) in Texas has to replace a pump station to secure a vital supply of cooling water to big industrial facilities lined up along Galveston Bay, from the island to Texas City.
The challenge of maintaining deepwater wells
The challenge of maintaining deepwater wells
In the last 25 years, there has been a rapid advance into deep and ultradeep depths facilitated by the industry's development of new technologies. Such production is primarily from subsea wells; that is, wells completed on the seafloor. Today, operator...
2,500 US water systems would fail new lead standard proposal
2,500 US water systems would fail new lead standard proposal
In proposing a tougher limit for lead in drinking water, Gov. Rick Snyder wants to lift Michigan from the depths of the Flint crisis to being a national model for lead monitoring that could help assess whether current rules are too lax. Almost 1,500 wa...
Physicist discovers new 2-D material that could advance material science
Physicist discovers new 2-D material that could advance material science
A new one atom-thick flat material that could upstage the wonder material graphene and advance digital technology has been discovered by a physicist at the University of Kentucky working in collaboration with scientists from Daimler in Germany and the ...
Scientists just got the first direct proof of stable carbyne — the world's strongest material
Scientists just got the first direct proof of stable carbyne — the world's strongest material
Elemental carbon is extremely versatile, and scientists have long been able to create new carbon allotropes that make for super durable and multi-functioning materials — such as everyone’s favorite material, graphene. The "carbon family" i...
Uncovering the cracks
Uncovering the cracks
Detecting micro-cracks or damage to structures has always been the bane of engineers. Here, Engineering Materials looks at research that could make hidden damage visible, as it happens.
GE, Accenture develop pipeline safety software
GE, Accenture develop pipeline safety software
The industrial Internet has gone underground. GE and Accenture have announced their first customer for what they're calling the Intelligent Pipeline Solution, which promises to help natural gas utilities and other operators monitor their pipelines in r...
Marine coatings evolve for the better
Marine coatings evolve for the better
Innovation and new technology continue to shape the marine coatings market. A narrowing field of global coatings manufacturers offer new products while improving existing ones to meet customer demand.
Detecting pipeline stress corrosion cracking through direct assessment
Detecting pipeline stress corrosion cracking through direct assessment
External corrosion direct assessment (ECDA), a structured process intended to assess, manage, and reduce the impact of external corrosion on pipelines, was used to detect stress corrosion cracking in a buried natural gas transmission pipeline in Pakistan.
Team theorizes defects could improve solar cells
Team theorizes defects could improve solar cells
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are studying what may seem paradoxical — certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance. The findings run counter to conventional wis...