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Researchers develop a way to better predict corrosion from crude oil
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.
Protecting steel-reinforced concrete marine structures from corrosion
Protecting steel-reinforced concrete marine structures from corrosion
The major cause of deterioration on steel-reinforced concrete structures located in marine environments is corrosion of the reinforcing steel.
Characterizing severe bridge pile corrosion in a marine environment
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.
Metal tires for Mars: 'Shape memory' could help rovers roll
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...
Chesapeake Bay could have more corrosive water than expected
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.
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...
Corrosion-resistant FRP products to play key role in rebuilding US infrastructure
Corrosion-resistant FRP products to play key role in rebuilding US infrastructure
No matter where you look, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is scrambling to fix what is broken, the company states.
The three major types of automotive aluminum corrosion
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 prevention using real-time data in oil fields
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...
New app aids Naval Aviation corrosion training
New app aids Naval Aviation corrosion training
The "Aviation Corrosion Challenge" app, offering Sailors and Marines an interactive, score-based gaming scenario for identifying corrosion, became available in app stores Feb. 8.
Aluminum Association: Different alloy makeup, quality work might curtail corrosion
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."
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...
New tantalum alloy resists highly corrosive environments
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.
Corrosion 'hot spots' found at Central Florida football stadium
Corrosion 'hot spots' found at Central Florida football stadium
An engineering study reports significant corrosion, due to poor coating selection and application, that led to structural damage in many locations at a major college football stadium in Florida.
No further misconduct found at Kobe Steel plant making aluminum for Mitsubishi jets
No further misconduct found at Kobe Steel plant making aluminum for Mitsubishi jets
The transport ministry of Japan said Nov. 17 its inspection of a Kobe Steel Ltd. plant in Mie Prefecture found no further evidence of misconduct in addition to its data-falsification scandal.
Can they fix it? Yes, they can!
Can they fix it? Yes, they can!
When an Airman gets into a government-owned vehicle, the assumption is the vehicle will start up with zero issues and be able to help the Airman get from point A to point B.
Final bell for school's leaky roofs
Final bell for school's leaky roofs
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.
Study: Graphene technology boosts performance of epoxy coatings
Study: Graphene technology boosts performance of epoxy coatings
Initial test results have shown higher corrosion resistance, increased mechanical strength, and better abrasion resistance when using epoxy resin-based coatings formulated with graphene.
What should contractors look for in a certified applicator network?
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.
Robotic inspections used for nondestructive testing on concrete bridges
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
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...
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.
Phoenix's main library will be shut down for nearly a year after pipe break
Phoenix's main library will be shut down for nearly a year after pipe break
Phoenix’s main public library will be closed for almost a year to repair millions of dollars in damage caused by a broken pipe in July.
Study: Lack of corrosion controls caused Flint water crisis
Study: Lack of corrosion controls caused Flint water crisis
Findings of this new study led by university researchers support the understanding that lead leached into the pipes system in Flint, Michigan.
Aluminum-lithium alloys fight back
Aluminum-lithium alloys fight back
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...
Can the Wando River bridge be saved?
Can the Wando River bridge be saved?
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.
Are nanometals dead on arrival?
Are nanometals dead on arrival?
In terms of strength and hardness, as well as return on investment, nanometals could revolutionize industries from automotive to infrastructure.
Corrosion basics: Testing protective coatings
Corrosion basics: Testing protective coatings
Coating operations of almost any size must include some type of meaningful test program.
Structural work on Bay Bridge complete, but questions remain about subpar steel
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.
Why efforts to use green fuels sometimes run afoul
Why efforts to use green fuels sometimes run afoul
Most people exercise a healthy dose of caution when handling fuels like gasoline and diesel.
Electric impulses clean industrial water and paints
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.
From flatscreen TVs to your smartphone - the element boron deserves more attention
From flatscreen TVs to your smartphone - the element boron deserves more attention
Each time you watch sport on a flatscreen television, or send a message by touching your smartphone screen, give thanks to an unsung hero of the periodic table: boron.
Can spuds become a new environmentally friendly coating?
Can spuds become a new environmentally friendly coating?
For surfaces that need corrosion protection, 80 percent of the time that's accomplished through a paint or varnish coating.
Microscopic defects make lithium-ion batteries better
Microscopic defects make lithium-ion batteries better
High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects - and capitalizing on them, according to Rice University scientists.
Pipeline damage causes disruptions to New Zealand's largest airport
Pipeline damage causes disruptions to New Zealand's largest airport
Damage to a 105-mile oil pipeline that supplies jet fuel to Auckland International Airport has caused major disruptions to services at the airport.
Coated SPF plugs leaks at Arctic radar complex
Coated SPF plugs leaks at Arctic radar complex
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.
Cathodic protection in the water utility industry
Cathodic protection in the water utility industry
Cathodic protection has been a recognized technology for buried metallic pipelines, but hasn't been widely used in the water industry.
Offshore repairs prove viability of composites
Offshore repairs prove viability of composites
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.
Neutrons improve weld integrity of underwater wind turbine foundations
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.
'Potential life safety hazards' forcing closure of Pittsburgh Public Works facility
'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...
Journey to preservation brings cannons used during the Battle of the Alamo to RELLIS Campus
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...
The story of a once-unusual material with a still-unusual property
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.
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.
Limiting and combating corrosion in produced water systems
Limiting and combating corrosion in produced water systems
Let's talk about corrosion. Specifically, corrosion in oil and gas.
Augmented reality combines worlds to make the real world safer
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.
No excuse for cutting corners on corrosion in downstream plants
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.
Aluminum oxide coatings move like liquids to combat corrosion
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 ...
Testing for microbiologically influenced corrosion in humid air
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.
Testing shows elevated lead levels in Pittsburgh water
Testing shows elevated lead levels in Pittsburgh water
Lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water are back above the Environmental Protection Agency's action level of 15 parts per billion.
Corrosion protection in dry-pipe systems
Corrosion protection in dry-pipe systems
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...
Nickel-based coatings may slow corrosion in solar power plants
Nickel-based coatings may slow corrosion in solar power plants
New research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is aimed at mitigating corrosion levels in concentrating solar power plants with nickel-based coatings.
Singapore pipe burst problems cannot be entirely eradicated, say experts
Singapore pipe burst problems cannot be entirely eradicated, say experts
Despite a decline in the overall number of burst water pipes in the last few years in Singapore, experts say the problem cannot be entirely eradicated.
Coating methods for corrosion protection
Coating methods for corrosion protection
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.
NASA tests laser-printed alloy for future rocket parts
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.
Abandoned 'Battleship Island' is crumbling. Can it be saved?
Abandoned 'Battleship Island' is crumbling. Can it be saved?
When humans left, nature prevailed. On Hashima Island, a 16-acre patch of land off the southern coast of Japan, grass and vines and flowers flourish as concrete and steel wither.
High pressure key to more advanced metal alloys
High pressure key to more advanced metal alloys
A new study suggests that high pressure could be the key to developing advanced metal mixtures that are lighter, stronger, and more resistant to heat and corrosion than conventional alloys.
The hidden damage done to protective coatings
The hidden damage done to protective coatings
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...
High-strength alloys and connection options for extreme HPHT wells
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...
Corrosion control and the autonomous ship
Corrosion control and the autonomous ship
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.
As leaks spring up, Ojai, California, learns the magnitude of its city's pipe corrosion
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...