Cheng Laboratory on Corrosion, Pipeline Integrity

and Advanced Materials Technology






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


Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering (2005-2015)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary

#320, 40 Research Place NW, Calgary, Alberta

Canada T3L 1Y6

Tel: (403)220-3693



Dr. Cheng’s paper, “Environmental hazard: Monitor safety of aged fuel pipelines”, is published in Nature 529 (2016) 156.

Dr. Cheng was awarded the Fellow of NACE International in Corrosion’2016 in Vancouver, Canada on March 6-9, 2016.

Dr. Cheng is leading the research program on Pipelines in Decommissioning, which is funded by Enbridge, from 2016 to 2019.

Da Kuang defenced successfully his PhD thesis on Apr. 25, 2016. Congratulations, Dr. Kuang!


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.

Dr. Cheng, as the Guest Editor, has completed the Special Issue on Pipeline Corrosion for the journal Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology.

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


  • An internationally recognized authority in Corrosion Science and Engineering in Oil/Gas and Pipeline Systems
  • Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering (initially awarded in 2005, and renewed in 2010)
  • Fellow, NACE International, the Corrosion Society
  • Recipient, 2014 NACE International Herbert H. Uhlig Award
  • Recipient, 2015 Shi Chang-Xu Award, Chinese Society of Corrosion and Protection
  • Chair, NACE Task Group 521, “Testing of nonshielding property of pipeline coatings to CP”
  • Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Pipeline Transportation of Diluted Bitumen
  • Country (Canada) Leader, NACE Internatiional IMPACT Study Program
  • In Google Scholar, toal citations 4329, h-index 38, and i10-index 109 (by Jan. 2016)

Research Profile

The overall goal of his research is to advance the mechanistic understanding of metallic corrosion in oil/gas and pipeline systems, and to develop effective techniques for assessment, prediction and prevention of facility failures.

Dr. Cheng’s research interests include:

  • Coating failure modes and effect analysis (FMEA): CP (cathodi protetion) shielding and coating failures; Standard testing methods for nonshielding property of pipeline coatings; Corrosion mechanism and kinetics in thin layer of electrolyte under disbonded coating; Localized corrosion of steel at coating defects; Testing and modeling of permeability of pipeline coatings to dissolved CO2, O2 and water; Smart coating technology for corrosion sensing and inhibition.
  • AC (alternating current) corrosion of pipelines: Mechanism and threshold values of AC current density to induce pitting corrosion; AC facilitated coating disbondment; Interference of AC on CP potential shift and CP effectiveness; Online monitoring and assessment technique for AC corrosion of pipelines.
  • Internal corrosion of pipelines: Mechanism and modeling of under-deposit pitting corrosion; Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC); Modeling of multi-phased fluid flow and its correlation with steel corrosion; CO2 corrosion fundamentals, parametric effects and pitting corrosion under scale; Modeling for prediction of internal corrosion rate in CO2-containing environments; High-performance inhibitors for internal corrosion control under fluid flow.
  • Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of pipelines: Fundamentals of near-neutral pH and high pH SCC on pipelines; Initiation of corrosion pits and their transition into cracks on pipelines under CP; Correlation of steel metallurgy with SCC initiation and propagation; Welding metallurgy and its role in local preferential corrosion and crack initiation; Hydrogen permeatraion and high-indued cracking of pipeline steels.
  • Prediction of pipeline failure pressure and determination of fitness-for-service: ILI data analysis and defect assessment for prediction of pipeline failure pressure; Modeling and determination of stress concentration at defect under synergism of internal pressure, soil strain and local corrosion reaction; Modeling of defect growth for prediction of remaining service life of pipelines.
  • Non-metallic pipe technology: Permeation of petroleum hydrocarbons into HDPE pipes/liners and the impliation on 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.
  • Corrosion in downhole environments: Modeling of tubular corrosion in SAGD/CO2 co-injection and production systems; Corrosion, MIC and fracture of coiled tubing; Modeling of corrosion of steel tubing in carbon storage.










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