Y. Frank Cheng, PhD, PEng
Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
Canada T2N 1N4
CRC Award Certificate Issued by Prime
Minister of Canada
Dr. Cheng is awarded the
2014 NACE International Herbert H. Uhlig Award!
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. http://ca.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-111802267X.html
Corrosion in Pipeline and
Petroleum Engineering (CorrPIPE)
The overall goal of the CorrPIPE is to advance the
mechanistic understanding of corrosion and stress corrosion cracking in
pipeline and petroelum industries, and to develop effective techniques for
assessment, prediction and prevention of facility failure.
The CorrPIPE’s research interests include:
I–Downhole tubing and upstream gathering pipelines: (1) CO2
corrosion fundamentals and modeling; (2) under-deposit pitting
corrosion and microbiologically influenced corrosion; (3) failure of
downhole tubing; (4) 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
II–Transmission pipelines: (1) coating failure
and cathodic protection (CP) shielding; (2) ILI data analysis, corrosion
modeling and risk assessment; (3) failure pressure prediction; (4) AC
corrosion and CP interference; (5) smart coating technology; (6) oil
soluble multifunctional inhibitors for anticorrosion and antibacteria;
(7) internal corrosion of crude/dilbit pipelines; (8) stress corrosion
cracking and hydrogen-induced cracking; (9) steel metallurgy and
micro- and nano-electrochemistry; and (10) oil spill treatment and
CorrPIPE focuses its research on
both fundamental and practical aspects to improve the science base and meet
the immediate industrial needs.
Dr. Cheng is developing a mechanistic model for
prediction of corrosion of carbon steel tubular in SAGD/CO2
co-injection and production systems.
Dr. Cheng is co-authoring with Mr. Richard Norsworthy the book “Pipeline Coatings”,
which will be published by NACE International Publishing.
Dr. Cheng is investigating the potential role of
microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) in failure of downhole tubing.
Dr. Cheng, as the Project Leader, is applying
with other 9 faculty members for Innovation Fund through the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI) on the project “Managing Pipeline
Dr. Cheng visited Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
University (Zhoushan), Institute
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
26-27: Dr. Cheng, as 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.
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.
4-6: Dr. Cheng attended the Rosen Energy Innovation Forum, Lingen, Germany.
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
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”.
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.
18: Dr. Cheng was appointed as the member of Planning Committee of Genome
Alberta Research Collaboration Workshop.
9-13: Dr. Cheng attended the NACE International Corrosion’2014
conference in San Antonio,
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.
6: Dr. Cheng attended the BC Transportation panel meeting on Kitimat West Douglas Channel Corridor Analysis in Vancouver.
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,
3: Dr. Cheng visited CanmetENERGY Ottawa to
discuss the high-temperature corrosion of stainless steel in CO2-containing
steam generation reactors.
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.
28: Dr. Cheng and his PhD student, Da Kuang, attended the NACE Northern Area West Conference
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
16: Dr. Cheng, as the Faculty Advisor, attended the kick-off meeting of the
NACE Calgary Student/ Young Professionals Section.
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).