Y. Frank Cheng, PhD, PEng
Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
Canada T2N 1N4
CRC Award Certificate Issued by Prime
Minister of Canada
Dr. Cheng is awarded the
2014 NACE International Herbert H. Uhlig Award!
book, “Stress Corrosion Cracking of Pipelines”, has been
published by John Wiley Publishing, U.S. It is the first book in
this area in the world. http://ca.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-111802267X.html
Corrosion in Pipeline and
Petroleum Engineering (CorrPIPE)
The overall goal of the CorrPIPE is to advance the
mechanistic understanding of material corrosion in pipeline and petroelum
industries, and to develop effective techniques for prevention, monitoring,
assessment and prediction of facility failure.
The CorrPIPE’s research interests include:
I–Downhole and gathering pipelines: (1) CO2
corrosion fundamentals and modeling; (2) under-deposit pitting corrosion
and microbiologically influenced corrosion; (3) failure of downhole
tubing; (4) internal coatings for downhole uses; (5) superhydrophobic
and oleophobic nanocoatings; (6) hydrogen-induced cracking in sour
environments; (7) erosion-corrosion in oil/water/sand multi-phased
fluid; (8) HDPE liner and composite pipe technology; (9) sacrificial
anode performance; and (10) hot corrosion in steam generation for SAGD
II–Transmission pipelines: (1) internal
corrosion of crude/dilbit pipelines; (2) coating failure and cathodic
protection (CP) shielding; (3) AC corrosion fundamentals, in-situ monitoring,
and CP interference; (4) smart coatings; (5) stress corrosion
cracking; (6) steel metallurgy, micro- and nano-electrochemistry, and
localized corrosion; (7) defect assessment; and (8) oil spill
treatment and environmental conservation.
CorrPIPE has focused its
research on both fundamental and practical aspects to improve the science
base and meet the immediate industrial needs.
Dr. Cheng, as the Project Leader, is working
with other 9 faculty members on the project “Managing Pipeline
Integrity” by application for Innovation Fund through the Canada
Foundation for Innovation.
6: Dr. Cheng was awarded the Research Tools and Instrument (RTI) Grant by
NSERC with award amount of $150,000. This will be used to equip an
Electrochemical Atomic Force Microscope (EC-AFM) in his lab.
18: Dr. Cheng was appointed as the member of Planning Committee of Genome
Alberta Research Collaboration Workshop.
9-13: Dr. Cheng attended the NACE International Corrosion’2014
conference in San Antonio,
He gave two talks on “A direct assessment of effectiveness of cathodic protection at corrosion defect on
pipelines” and “Understand internal corrosion of pipelines in
diluted bitumen”. Dr. Cheng accepted the Herbert H. Uhlig Award in the award ceremony.
6: Dr. Cheng attended the BC Transportation panel meeting on Kitimat West Douglas Channel Corridor Analysis in Vancouver.
4: Dr. Cheng was invited to give a talk “Pipeline integrity: public
concerns, root analysis and technology innovation” in ASME Southern
Alberta Section Technical Lunch, Calgary,
3: Dr. Cheng visited CanmetENERGY Ottawa to
discuss the high-temperature corrosion of stainless steel in CO2-containing
steam generation reactors.
13: Dr. Cheng was appointed as the Panel Member for Kitimat
West Douglas Channel Corridor Analysis by British Columbia Ministry of
Transportation and Infrastructure. This panel is to evaluate the
engineering projects, including pipeline construction, in Kitimat under the Province’s vision of Pacific
28: Dr. Cheng and his PhD student, Da Kuang, attended the NACE Northern Area West Conference
Dr. Cheng gave a talk “Internal Pitting Corrosion under Sand Deposit
in Crude Pipelines”, and Da attended the
student post session on “AC-Induced Pitting Corrosion on
16: Dr. Cheng, as the Faculty Advisor, attended the kick-off meeting of the
NACE Calgary Student/ Young Professionals Section.
6: As the member of the Canadian Pipeline Roadmap Steering Committee, Dr.
Cheng worked with other members to finalize the report on Innovation
Roadmap for Transmission Pipeline Transportation of Petroleum Products,
co-sponsored by Alberta Innovates-Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES)
and Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA).