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Corrosion and Composites Headlines, April 1 - 19

April 20, 2016

In order to stay on top of the latest industry news, we’re always scouring the web for articles on corrosion and composites. Here are the interesting articles we found during the first two weeks of April.

Corrosion

Keeping an eye on Michigan's hazardous liquid pipelines
In April 2010, corrosion caused a pipeline near Kalamazoo to rupture, spilling 1M gallons of crude into a creek. It was the largest inland spill in US history. “There are some people who will say third party damage is the leading cause of pipeline failure, but for liquid transmission pipelines in the United States, we don’t think that’s an accurate statement.”

Magdalen Islands spill: Hydro-Québec pipeline seriously corroded, report says
The day after the leak, an ultrasound inspection found almost 6,500 corrosion anomalies along the pipeline, the majority in the 200-metre section where the leak happened.

Flake-like nanoparticles offer reliable rust protection
Researchers at INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials (Saarbrücken, Germany) have developed a flake-like nanoparticle that provides corrosion protection when applied in layers by slowing down the penetration of gas molecules.

The Oil and Gas Pipeline Corrosion Prevention Market - Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2023
According to this report, "the increasing demand for oil and gas, increasing installation of pipelines at offshore locations, and advancing pipeline corrosion prevention technologies are primarily driving the oil and gas pipeline corrosion prevention market."

Internal corrosion protection
A system that is cheaper upfront may turn out to be more expensive in the long run. This article looks at how selection and maintenance of a corrosion protection system can contribute towards reducing operating costs.

California offshore oil drilling site criticized for severe corrosion, equipment in disrepair
One of California's early offshore oil drilling operations is under fire from state regulators to clean up its act after severely corroded and unsafe wells and other equipment were found at the idle facility as part of ramped-up inspections.

Composites

Toyota uses Carbon Fiber to Keep 2017 Prius Weight “In Check”
To increase travel distance and time, Toyota added a larger battery to the 2017 Prius. However, in order to offset the added weight of the new batter, it turned to carbon fiber. The outcome? Toyota estimates a MPGe of 120, which is the highest of any plug-in hybrid.

UK boatbuilder uses composites to innovate multihull performance
Multimarine Composites (multimarine.co.uk) is not only a leader in composite multihull design, but also in multihull vessels that enable para- and quadriplegic sailors to race and cruise with top performance.

Designing Materials for Future Needs
In 2015, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville was selected as the site for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). The $250 million partnership was set up to drive the research and development of new composite materials for a variety manufacturing purposes.

Researchers' idea will blow you away: 656-foot long blades on wind turbines
A wind turbine with blades longer than two american football fields? Researchers at the University of Virginia school of mechanical and aerospace engineering say it's possible.

Composites One training event attracts more than 150
At APP, we are big fans of Composites One. They are currently hosting a series of training events around the US designed to "designed to help participants become more adept in advanced and closed mold processing, out-of-autoclave production, additive manufacturing (3D printing), lightweighting of products, prototyping, selecting systems and equipment, advancements in composites and high-performance materials, data acquisition, modeling and simulation."

Volocopter VC200: The premiere of manned flights with the e-volo’s Volocopter VC200, marks the beginning of a new era in urban mobility.
File the Volocopter VC200 under "extremely cool things we want."

ZCL Composites Storming Out Of The Oil Recession
ZCL Composites, a manufacturer of tanks used for oil/petroleum storage, is a successful turnaround story in the midst of oil recession.

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