Cheng Laboratory on Corrosion, Pipeline Integrity

and Advanced Materials






Frank Cheng 2016

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

Professor and Canada Research Chair

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary

EEEL 453B, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N1N4


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



Dr. Cheng was awarded the 2017 Metal Chemistry Award, Canadian Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc).

Qiang Li defenced successfully his PhD thesis on Apr. 20, 2017. Congratulations, Dr. Li!

Trent Pehlke defenced successfully his MSc thesis on Jun. 15, 2017. Congratulations, Trent!

Yuanchao Feng defenced successfully his PhD thesis on Jun. 19, 2017. Congratulations, Dr. Feng!


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, 2014 NACE International H.H. Uhlig Award

o   Recipient, 2015 Shi Chang-Xu Award, Chinese Society of Corrosion and Protection

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

o   2017 China Scholarship Council (CSC) Supervision Excellence for PhD student Studying Abroad

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.
  • Pipeline coating failure modes and external corrosion under coatings
  • Accelerated corrosion and pitting corrosion of pipelines and cathodic protection potential shift under alternating current (AC) interference
  • Mechanisms for long-term corrosion progression of abandoned pipelines in soils
  • Internal corrosion of transmission pipelines in water droplets and under sand deposit
  • Internal corrosion of gathering pipelines in CO2/H2S environments
  • Pipeline pitting corrosion, SCC and hydrogen damage associated with steel metallurgy and welding metallurgy
  • Corrosion in downhole environments

(2) Corrosion Modeling and Pipeline Integrity, including:

  • Prediction of failure pressure of pipelines containing mechanical and corrosion defects and determination of their fitness-for-service
  • Determination of defect growth on pipelines under multi-physics field coupling effect and prediction of remaining service life of the pipelines
  • Modeling of uniform corrosion, pitting corrosion and microbiologically influenced pitting corrosion growth kinetics on decommissioned pipelines in soils
  • Modeling of CO2 corrosion of pipelines in multi-phased fluid flow
  • Modeling of corrosion of steel tubing in CO2 storage under supercritical CO2 conditions
  • Modeling of corrosion of steel tubulars in steam/CO2 co-injection systems under SAGD operating conditions

(3) Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, including:

  • “Intelligent” coating technology
  • Nano-patterning and surface engineering carbon steels for enhanced anti-biofouling
  • Nanocomposite-based electrochemical biosensors for detection of bacteria
  • Energy-saving nanocomposite photoanodes for photo-generated cathodic protection








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