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Corrosion and Composites Headlines, March 14 - 31

April 01, 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 that we found during the week during the second half of March.


Corrosion in Columbia pipeline blamed for 2012 W.Va. explosion
A 2012 pipeline explosion in West Virginia was the result of old, corroded pipe whose condition should have been flagged in advance by owner Columbia Pipeline Group, according to a new report from federal investigators.

New Digital Analytical Tool For Continuous Monitoring Of Corrosion In Crude Oil Refineries Developed By GE
GE has developed a tool to improve corrosion protection of crude unit overhead systems by providing online continuous measurement of critical parameters such as pH, chlorides and corrosion probes. The digital system also automates chemical injection control in response to these measurements. By using GE’s TrueSense for Process COMS, refineries can reduce corrosion, extend equipment life and prevent the unexpected release of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere and environment.

The high cost of corrosion
"Most of us would be familiar with the most common sign of corrosion – rust. However, few might know that rust has a much higher volume than the originating mass of iron or steel it is corroding. Consequently, its build-up can cause failure by forcing apart adjacent parts – a phenomenon referred to as ‘rust packing’."

Fire Protection Group Inc. Answers March’s ‘Question of the Month’: Can Pipe Corrosion Lead to Increased Fire Danger?
"Fire Protection Group Inc. explains that the symptoms of pipe corrosion, such as pinhole leaks, smelly or blackened water, and tubercles (mounds on pipe walls) have long been considered to be typical and relatively minor issues in pipes, but this is quickly changing. They note that Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) is a contributing factor in corrosion of wet, dry and pre-action fire sprinkler systems, and it has only increased in recent years, costing the industry millions of dollars annually."

Venoco files for bankruptcy a year after California spill
Colorado-based private upstream Venoco has become the latest firm to file for bankruptcy protection, citing continued financial strain stemming from a 2015 pipeline spill in Santa Barbara, California.

Grease Designed to Handle Heat in Harsh Environments
Valvoline Cobalt Grease contains a lithium sulfonate complex thickening system that provides metal with corrosion protection in harsh environments including salt water.

Correcting Concrete Corrosion
Corrosion affects all concrete buildings and structures around the world to some extent, with an estimated annual cost of billions of dollars to national economies. It is important that owners of high-value assets understand the cost implications of ignoring the effects of corrosion on concrete buildings and structures.

Predicting corrosion rates under atmospheric conditions
A common situation: Company X wants to be able to predict the corrosion rates and the necessary corrosion systems to protect its various structures around the world. At the moment, there is a "crude" scale of corrosivity that ranges from C1 to C5. In the author's opinion, this scale needs to be expanded at least 20 levels. This article discusses ways to more accurately predict corrosion rates.


Composite materials: greater than the sum of its parts
We'd add "corrosion resistant" to this list of features: "The key thing about composites is that they are stronger, lighter, more workable and can be produced in more complex forms than the material they are replacing, whether that is steel, wood, or even concrete."

Architect: Composite materials, adhesives could 'revolutionize' construction
This is a continuation of a trend toward material innovation in the industry, particularly in the structural arena.

ORNL demonstrates low-cost carbon fiber process
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a production method they estimate will reduce the cost of carbon fiber as much as 50 percent and the energy used in its production by more than 60 percent.

100% Recyclable Snowboards
Niche Snowboards is excited to announce the first 100% fully recyclable snowboard, allowing all manufacturing waste and the product itself to be recycled and repurposed for reuse at the end of its product life cycle. The snowboard is made almost entirely of composites.

Johns Hopkins Develops Drone That Launches from Underwater
The Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University has released CRACUNS, a new UAV that can operate in the water or in the air. CRACUNS (Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System) can be launched from an unmanned underwater vehicle with a payload and survive in salt water. The frame is built from composites to be strong and lightweight, with no metal or machined surfaces.

Why Shares of SpaceX Supplier Hexcel Could Soar in 2016
With customers including NASA and SpaceX, composites manufacturer Hexcel is well-positioned to provide for the rapidly growing demand for composites materials across a wide range of industries.

Heat insulation potential of metallic composites confirmed
Composite metal foam (CMF) is more effective at insulating against high heat and expands 80% less than its solid metal counterpart. These particular capabilities point to the use of CMFs to store and transport nuclear material, hazardous materials, explosives and other heat-sensitive materials, as well as for space exploration.

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