Cheng Laboratory on Corrosion, Pipeline Integrity

and Electrochemical Nanotechnology

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Cheng 2016

Frank Cheng, Ph.D., P.Eng., FNACE

Professor of Materials Engineering

Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering (2005-2015)

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, T2L 1Y6, Canada

Tel: +1 (403) 220-3693

E-mail: fcheng@ucalgary.ca

 

IN Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?hl=en&user=tf3t1aIAAAAJ

IN Reserach Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Frank_Cheng16

 

Dr. Cheng was awarded the Fellow of NACE International, the Corrosion Society in Vancouver, Canada on March 8, 2016.

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Dr. Cheng’s book, “Stress Corrosion Cracking of Pipelines”, has been published by John Wiley, U.S. in 2013. http://ca.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-111802267X.html

Dr. Cheng is coauthoring with Mr. Richard Norsworthy a new book “Pipeline Coatings”, which will be published by NACE International soon.

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Graduate Studies Opportunities Available

There are 3 PhD student openings in my group.

Common requirements: Self-motivated, Working independently, an easy-going personality, and a strong communication skill.

PhD student 1: Will work on "Corrosion mechanism and modeling of rusted pipeline steel in soils". Require a strong background in Electrochemistry and Electrode Process Kinetics. Previous experiences in Corrosion Modeling will be an asset.

PhD student 2: Will work on "Modeling of pit growth induced by microbial corrosion and the further development of initial perforation on pipelines". Require a strong background in Microbial Corrosion and Electrochemistry. Previous experiences in Corrosion Modeling will be an asset.

PhD student 3: Will work on "Mechanism and structural degradation of corroded pipelines under multi-axial stresses". Require a strong background in Numerical Modeling and Engineering Math Computation, and some knowledge in Corrosion and Steel Metallurgy.

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Highlights

o    An internationally recognized authority in Corrosion Science and Engineering in Oil/Gas and Pipeline Systems

o    Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering (initially awarded in 2005, and renewed in 2010)

o    Fellow, NACE International, the Corrosion Society

o    Recipient, 2014 NACE International Herbert H. Uhlig Award

o    Recipient, 2015 Shi Chang-Xu Award, Chinese Society of Corrosion and Protection

o    Chair, NACE Task Group 521, “Testing of nonshielding property of pipeline coatings to CP”

o    Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Pipeline Transportation of Diluted Bitumen

o    Country (Canada) Leader, NACE Internatiional IMPACT Study Program

Research Profile

Dr. Cheng’s research interests include three interrelated themes.

(1) Corrosion Science and Engineering in Oil/Gas and Pipeline Systems, including:

  • Long-term corrosion progression of abandoned pipelines in soils. Mechanisms and kinetics of buried pipelines during long-term abandonment in soils; Corrosion at coating failures and further corrosion of the initial perforation on pipelines; Cathodic protection current demands for corrosion control; Microbial corrosion on pipeline exterior and interior.
  • Coating failure modes and effect analysis. Coating failures and cathodic protection shielding; Electrochemical mechanism and corrosion kinetics in thin layer of electrolyte under disbonded coating; Localized corrosion at coating defects; Testing and modeling of the permeability of pipeline coatings to dissolved CO2, O2 and water.
  • AC (alternating current) corrosion of pipelines. Mechanisms and threshold AC current densities for pitting corrosion occurrence in various environments; AC facilitated coating disbondment; Interference of AC on CP potential shift and CP effectiveness; Online monitoring and assessment technique for AC corrosion of pipelines; DC (direct current) corrosion of buried pipelines adjacent to high-voltage power lines.
  • Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of pipelines. Fundamentals of near-neutral pH and high pH SCC on pipelines; Metallurgical micro- and nano-electrochemistry and crack initiation; Welding metallurgy and local preferential corrosion and cracking; Electrochemical state conversion model for crack initiation on cathodically polarized steels; Circumferential SCC on pipelines; Hydrogen permetration and hydrogen-induced cracking of high-strength pipeline steels.
  • Internal corrosion of pipelines. Mechanism and modeling of under-deposit pitting corrosion; Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC); Internal corrosion of steel under water droplets; Internal corrosion of pipelines in oil-water emulsion flow; Erosion-corrosion of steel pipe in oil-water-sand slurry flow; CO2 corrosion fundamentals and parametric effects; Pitting corrosion under scale; High-performance inhibitors for internal corrosion control under fluid flow.
  • Corrosion in downhole environments. Corrosion, fracture and microbial corrosion of coiled tubing in service fluids; Coatings for erosion-corrosion resistance in downhole environments.

(2) Corrosion Informatics and Pipeline Integrity, including:

  • Prediction of pipeline failure pressure and determination of fitness-for-service. Inline inspection (ILI) data analysis and prediction of pipeline failure pressure by defect assessment; Multi-physics field coupling model for fitness-for-service analysis of pipelines under synergism of internal pressure, soil strain and corrosion reaction; Modeling of defect growth for prediction of remaining service life of pipelines.
  • Modeling of internal CO2 corrosion in fluid flow. Modeling of oil and water phase distributions in pipe flow; Empirical models for prediction of CO2 corrosion rate by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation; Finite element model for prediction of CO2 corrosion rate by multi-field coupling.
  • Modeling and prediction of corrosion of steel tubing in CO2 storage. Modeling of water chemistry and corrosion processes in supercritical CO2 environments; Prediction by mechanistic modeling of tubing corrosion under CO2 storage conditions.
  • Modeling of corrosion in SAGD environments. Modeling of tubular corrosion in SAGD/CO2 co-injection and production systems.

(3) Nanocomposite Materials, including:

  • Smart coating technology. Fabrication of nanocontainers for encapsulation of corrosion inhibitors; Mechanism for triggering and self-releasing of inhibitors from the nanocontainers; Kinetics for inhibitor self-releasing and the service life for corrosion inhibition; Compatibility of nanocontainers with epoxy coatings.
  • Functional coatings, electrocatalysts and nanotechnology. Fabrication by electrolytic deposition of functional nanocoatings; Nanoparticle-incorporated Ni-Co coatings for erosion-corrosion resistance; Platinum doped Ni coating for improved electrocatalytic activity for ammonia oxidation.
  • Non-metallic pipe technology. Permeation of petroleum hydrocarbons into HDPE pipes/liners and their chemical and mechanical stability; Environmental stress cracking of HDPE pipes in alkaline surfactant polymer floods; Corrosion and fatigue of reinforcing steel cord in HDPE composite pipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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