Cheng Laboratory on Oil/Gas and Pipeline Corrosion,

Integrity and Nanotechnology






Frank Cheng 2016

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

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering

Fellow, NACE International, the Corrosion Society

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary

EEEL 453B, 2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, Alberta, T2N1N4, Canada

Tel: +1 (403) 220-3693 (Office)



Dr. Cheng’s research on accelerated corrosion and reduced cathodic protection performance on buried pipelines (Shan Qian, Y. Frank Cheng, Construction & Building Materials 148 (2017) 675-685) was given a feature report by Advances in Engineering (

By Feb. 2018, Dr. Cheng has authored 2 books and 185 journal papers, with the total citations of 6,097, and the H-index of 51 (Google Scholar).


Dr. Cheng’s book, “Stress Corrosion Cracking of Pipelines”, published by Wiley.

Dr. Cheng’s book (coauthor with Mr. Richard Norsworthy), “Pipeline Coatings”, published by NACE. AwMDAwMDAwMDAw&tags=&per=MjA|&page=MQ||&sort=MQ||&search=Mzc2MTY|



o   An internationally reputed researcher 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 of 2014 NACE International H.H. Uhlig Award

o   Recipient of 2017 Metal Chemistry Award, Canadian Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc)

o   Recipient of 2017 Research and Teaching Achievement Awards, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary

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 International IMPACT Study Program

  • Honorary Theme Editor in Pipeline Engineering, Encyclopaedia of Life Support System, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Research Profile

Dr. Cheng’s research interests include three interrelated themes.

(1) Corrosion Science and Engineering in Oil/Gas and Pipeline Systems, including:

  • Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of pipelines, including hydrogen permeation, trapping and hydrogen-induced cracking, as well as steel metallugy and welding metallurgy
  • Pipeline coating failure modes and corrosion under coatings, especially electrochemical corrosion in thin electrolyte layer trapped under the coatings
  • Pipeline AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) corrosion, including the interferences of AC and DC on cathodic protection performance and coating properties
  • Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) both internally and externally to pipelines
  • Long-term corrosion progession of decommissioned pipelines in soils
  • Internal corrosion of pipelines, including transmission lines in water droplets and under sand deposit, and gathering lines in CO2/H2S environments
  • Corrosion in downhole environments
  • Corrosion modeling, including the steel tubing corrosion in supercritical CO2 storgae, internal corrosion of pipelines in multiple-phased fluid flow, the tubular corrosion under high temperature high pressure steam/CO2 co-injection systems under SGAD conditions, and the long-term corrosion modeling of decommissioned pipelines in soils.

(2) Defect Assessment, Pipeline Failure Pressure Prediction and Long-Term Defect Growth, including:

  • Finite element modeling of stress distribution at corrosion defects on pipelines
  • Modeling of interaction of multiple corrosion defects on pipelines
  • Prediction of failure pressure of pipelines containing corrosion defects
  • Modeling of corrosion defect growth on pipelines under multi-physics field coupling effect
  • Prediction of the remaining service life of pipelines containing corrosion defects
  • Modeling of corrosion defect growth on pipelines under static and dynamic loading

(3) Nanotechnology, including:

  • “Intelligent” coating technology, including preparation of inhibitor-loaded nanocapsules
  • Nano-patterning and surface engineering of steels for anti-bioadhesion
  • Photocatalytic properties of nanostructure iron oxides and the enhanced anti-bioadhesion
  • Nanocomposite-based electrochemical biosensors for bacterial detection
  • Energy-storing nanocomposite photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical cathodic protection
  • Nanoelectrochemistry of steel corrosion








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