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



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


Dr. Cheng’s book, “Stress Corrosion Cracking of Pipelines”, has been published by John Wiley, U.S. in 2013.

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


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.



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) Electrochemical Nanotechnology, 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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