The Enduro Pig Popper is available in several different options - Manual Visual alert, Electrical alert, & Electrical/Manual Visual alert. Extensions come in 6" increments for buried pipe locations. All units are also available in a light.
Augmented reality combines worlds to make the real world safer
Pokemon Go is widely credited with popularizing augmented reality technology, which enhances reality when a device such as a phone or a headset overlays digital information (in the form of holograms) onto the real world.
The story of a once-unusual material with a still-unusual property
In the 1980s, a new type of material was discovered. It upended the definition of a crystalline material because its atoms were arranged in a strange, non-repeating manner that was also not entirely chaotic.
'Potential life safety hazards' forcing closure of Pittsburgh Public Works facility
A Public Works facility in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood is closing after it was found to be structurally deficient, two years after a WPXI-TV investigation exposed the poor conditions. That report first revealed pictures from inside the b...
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...
What should contractors look for in a certified applicator network?
What makes a mutually beneficial program in which manufacturers and contractors both benefit? Here is a list of the top five considerations contractors should contemplate before joining any certification network.
'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...
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.
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 ...
Chesapeake Bay could have more corrosive water than expected
A study shows for the first time that the oxidation of hydrogen sulfide and ammonia from the bottom waters could be a major contributor to lower pH in coastal oceans and may lead to more rapid acidification in coastal waters compared to the open ocean.
A regional contractor developed a spray polyurethane foam system for two domed buildings sitting beneath the Indian Mountain Long Range Radar Station maintained by regional defense contractor ARCTEC Alaska.
Composite technologies are changing the way corrosion repairs are carried out on offshore assets. Though there has been slow adoption of this technology in the oil and gas industry, it is a proven alternative that merits further examination.
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.
Journey to preservation brings cannons used during the Battle of the Alamo to RELLIS Campus
From the historic mission fortress where the 13-day siege in the battle for Texas independence was fought to an old fire station at a former Air Force base in Bryan, it's been a long journey to preservation for cannons used during the Battle of the Ala...
NASA tests laser-printed alloy for future rocket parts
Engineers at NASA say that laser 3-D printing key components for launch rockets made from different metal alloys could cut the cost of future engines by a third — with the time required to make them slashed by half.
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 ...
Metal tires for Mars: 'Shape memory' could help rovers roll
A good tire means a lot when the nearest roadside assistance is 34 million miles away. For future rovers that will explore the surface of Mars, NASA scientists have created a tire that contains no air, can handle the rugged Martian terrain, and may eve...
New tantalum alloy resists highly corrosive environments
The results of recently completed trials show that adding low levels of ruthenium improve the corrosion and hydrogen enrichment resistance a tantalum alloy in both hydrochloric and sulfuric acids at high temperatures.
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...
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 three major types of automotive aluminum corrosion
As the aluminum F-150 generation enters its fourth year on the market and its two top truck competitors Silverado and 1500 join it with increased aluminum content, repairers should familiarize themselves with the types of corrosion which can occur on t...
Corrosion in automatic fire sprinkler systems is a concern to those who design, install, and maintain these systems. The black, foul-smelling water that is sometimes discharged from sprinkler systems during flushing and flow testing is the result of co...
Aluminum Association: Different alloy makeup, quality work might curtail corrosion
From time to time, you might hear a insurer or body technician argue, "There's been aluminum on cars for years and we've never had a problem with corrosion. We don't need to use separate tools or do all of those extra preparation steps."
Corrosion is a cancer. It arrives uninvited and if left unchecked destroys the structural metals used in everything from trailers, truck bodies and transmissions, to bridges and pipelines, potentially leading to catastrophic results.
Electric impulses clean industrial water and paints
A sterilization process for industrial water and paints that uses electric impulses is being developed to address microorganisms that can reproduce in the water and paints and then adversely affect the quality of surface coating.
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...
Researchers develop a way to better predict corrosion from crude oil
Using X-ray techniques, scientists are developing an analysis tool that can more accurately predict how sulfur compounds in a batch of crude oil might corrode equipment– an important safety issue for the oil industry.
The westbound lanes of the James B. Edwards Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina, over the Wando River on Interstate 526 were closed after a weekly inspection discovered a rupture in a corroding area of one of eight main cables that support it.
Aluminum oxide coatings move like liquids to combat corrosion
Metals may seem tough, but given enough time even plain old air can be their undoing. Oxygen reacts with it to form metal oxides like rust, but now it turns out a metal oxide may come to the rescue. An MIT team has found that aluminum can be protected ...
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...
When it comes to the aviation industry, new technologies and manufacturing techniques have been mounting a silent revolution in the latest generation of commercial twin-aisle aircraft: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350. Both these aircraft cont...
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 ...
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.
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.
Neutrons improve weld integrity of underwater wind turbine foundations
Massive offshore structures like oil rigs and wind turbines are designed to withstand the myriad punishments oceans tend to mete out. However, over time, just the saltwater itself can significantly decrease the durability of a structure's welds.
Horizontal directional drilling is increasingly being used to install sections of pipe across many spans that are considered high consequence areas. While regulation currently calls for extra consideration to be given to the coatings used to protect th...
No excuse for cutting corners on corrosion in downstream plants
Corrosion is a major challenge and an essential risk to contain for any oil and gas operator. Loss of containment can mean loss of process, loss of revenue, expensive repairs and - most importantly - a potentially major safety hazard.
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...
High-strength alloys and connection options for extreme HPHT wells
Ultra-high-pressure and high-temperature (HPHT) wells are challenging the limits of tubular performance, in terms of metallurgy and threaded connections. But higher pressures and temperatures are only part of the challenge. Carbon steel, hot-rolled chr...
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...
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 remarkable success of autonomous and remotely-controlled vehicles on land and in the air and the interest in this technology being shown within maritime circles suggests that it is only a matter of time before autonomous ships are deployed at sea.
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...
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.
Testing for microbiologically influenced corrosion in humid air
Researchers with the Southwest Research Institute conducted experiments to evaluate the presence of microbiologically influenced corrosion under high and low relative humidity conditions when storing spent nuclear fuel in dry storage systems.
Corrosion prevention using real-time data in oil fields
In corrosion monitoring of oil and gas fields, there are many techniques that can provide data. Modern high-resolution corrosion monitors, including electrical resistance probes, are available. These instruments can be installed in key locations and co...
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...
Kids need the right environment to do their best in school. Many different strategies and styles have been tried over the years but one thing that is clearly not conducive to learning (or much else, for that matter) is a leaking roof.
Structural work on Bay Bridge complete, but questions remain about subpar steel
Nearly four years after opening to motorists, the final structural repair work on the Bay Bridge is complete, Caltrans engineers said, but questions about subpar steel and ongoing corrosion issues remain.
As leaks spring up, Ojai, California, learns the magnitude of its city's pipe corrosion
They call it the "leak a week." Every few days, an aging pipe in Ojai, California, cracks or bursts, spilling water into the street. Maintenance crews with the Casitas Municipal Water District drive out to fix it, and within a few more days, another pi...
Robotic inspections used for nondestructive testing on concrete bridges
New geophysical nondestructive inspection technology uses robotics to improve the early detection of structural issues or degradation on bridges. The robotic systems utilize nondestructive test protocols to x-ray concrete and other infrastructure, maki...
New lightweight metamaterial combines high strength, elasticity
The flame-resistant and super-elastic "metamaterial" combines high strength with electrical conductivity and thermal insulation, suggesting potential applications from buildings to aerospace. The metamaterial includes a honeycomb microstructure with st...
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.
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.