Research in Corrosion and Its Control in Oil/Gas and Pipeline Systems




Y. Frank Cheng, PhD, PEng

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering


Recipient of 2014 NACE International Herbert Uhlig Award

Chair, NACE International Task Group 521

Treasurer and Board Director, NACE Foundation of Canada

Guest Editor, Special Issue on Pipeline Corrosion, Corros Eng Sci Technol


Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

Tel: +1(403)220-3693; E-mail:


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 and Its Control in Oil/Gas and Pipeline Systems

The overall goal of Dr. Cheng’s research is to advance the mechanistic understanding of corrosion in oil/gas and pipeline systems, and to develop effective techniques for modeling, assessment, prediction and prevention of facility failure.

Dr. Cheng’s research interests include:

  • Part I–Downhole and upstream: (1) CO2 corrosion modeling of steel tubular in SAGD/CO2 co-injection and production systems; (2) CFD simuation of multi-phased fluid flow in downhole tubular; (3) under-deposit pitting corrosion and microbiologically influenced corrosion; (4) oil solvable inhibitors for anticorrosion and anti-biodegradation; (5) corrosion and fracture of coiled tubing; (6) HDPE liner and composite pipe technology (7) superhydrophobic and oleophobic nanocoating technologies; (8) corrosion-resistant coatings for downhole uses; (9) hydrogen-induced cracking in sour service; (10) erosion-corrosion in oil/water/sand multi-phased fluid.
  • Part II–Transmission: (1) coating failure and cathodic protection (CP) shielding; (2) AC corrosion and CP interference; (3) smart coating technology; (4) internal corrosion of crude/dilbit pipelines; (5) stress corrosion cracking; (6) steel metallurgy and nano-electrochemistry; (7) defect assessment and failure pressure prediction; and (8) nanotechnology as solution for oil spill.

Initiatives ongoing

Dr. Cheng is leading the development of Pan-Canadian Strategic Research Network on Corrosion Control and Materials Innovation in Oil/Gas Systems. The Network will contain 12 academic members from 9 Canadian universities. Once established, it will be the largest group of its type to address corrosion problems in oil/gas systems in the world.

Dr. Cheng is serving as the Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Pipeline Corrosion for the journal Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology.

Dr. Cheng is chairing the NACE International Task Group (TG) 521 to develop a standard for testing of the compatibility of pipeline coatings with cathodic protection.

Dr. Cheng is co-authoring with Mr. Richard Norsworthy the book “Pipeline Coatings”, which will be published by NACE International Publishing.

News in 2014

Sept. 30: Dr. Cheng was appointed as Treasurer and Board Director of NACE Foundation of Canada.

Sept. 18: Dr. Cheng’s nomination for Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar was approved by VP Research Office. The nominee is Dr. Huiwen Tian, whol will join the group on Jan. 1, 2015.

Sept. 10: Dr. Cheng was invited to give a talk on microbiologically influenced corrosion of oil pipelines in the SPE/ICoTA (Society of Petroleum Engineers/Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association) Inter-Society Technical Event in Calgary.

Aug. 18: Dr. Cheng was invited to serve as Guest Editor by Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology to work on the Special Issue on Pipeline Corrosion. It is expected that the Issue will be published in mid-2015.

Aug. 9-14: Dr. Cheng was invited to attend the 248th American Chemical Society (ACS) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Aug. 5: Dr. Cheng was appointed by NACE International as the Chair of Task Group (TG) 521 “Testing of nonshielding property of pipeline coatings to cathodic protection”. The TG will develop a NACE standard for evaluation of the compatibility of pipeline coating with CP.

Jul.6-19: Dr. Cheng visited Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang Ocean University (Zhoushan), Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Qingdao), Safety Engineering Institute of Sinopec (Qingdao), and Southwest Petroleum University (Chengdu). The trip was super and the visits were successful (of course, the food is always delicious)!

Jun. 26-27: Dr. Cheng, as the Chair of the NSERC Site Visit Committee, went to the University of Toronto to evaluate the renewal of Industrial Research Chair (Dr. Roger Newman) in Corrosion Control and Materials Performance in Nuclear Power Systems.

Jun. 23-24: Dr. Cheng attended the Canadian Pipeline Technology Collaborative (CPTC) to develop an Academic Research Network at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Jun. 4-6: Dr. Cheng attended the Rosen Energy Innovation Forum, Lingen, Germany.

May 29-30: Dr. Cheng attended the 2nd Annual Workshop on Pipeline Materials at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and gave an Invited Talk “Initiation of Pitting Corrosion at Non-Metallic Inclusions”.

May 19-22: Dr. Cheng attended the 2014 NACE Sino-Corr Conference in Beijing, and gave a Plenary Talk “Reliable Prediction of Safe Operating Pressure of Pipelines by Defect Assessment”.

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. The 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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