Corrosion in Pipeline and Petroleum Engineering (CorrPIPE)




Y. Frank Cheng, PhD, PEng


Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
                Tel: (403)220-3693

CRC Award Certificate Issued by Prime Minister of Canada

Dr. Cheng is awarded the 2014 NACE International Herbert H. Uhlig Award!

Dr. Cheng’s 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.

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:

  • Part 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 application.
  • Part 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.

The CorrPIPE has focused its research on both fundamental and practical aspects to improve the science base and meet the immediate industrial needs.

Initiatives ongoing

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.

News in 2014

Apr. 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.

Mar. 18: Dr. Cheng was appointed as the member of Planning Committee of Genome Alberta Research Collaboration Workshop.

Mar. 9-13: Dr. Cheng attended the NACE International Corrosion’2014 conference in San Antonio, TX, USA. 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.

Mar. 6: Dr. Cheng attended the BC Transportation panel meeting on Kitimat West Douglas Channel Corridor Analysis in Vancouver.

Mar. 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, AB, Canada.

Mar. 3: Dr. Cheng visited CanmetENERGY Ottawa to discuss the high-temperature corrosion of stainless steel in CO2-containing steam generation reactors.

Feb. 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 Gateway.

Jan. 28: Dr. Cheng and his PhD student, Da Kuang, attended the NACE Northern Area West Conference in Edmonton. 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 Pipelines”.

Jan. 16: Dr. Cheng, as the Faculty Advisor, attended the kick-off meeting of the NACE Calgary Student/ Young Professionals Section.

Jan. 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).




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