Research Laboratory for

Corrosion, Materials and Pipeline Integrity






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

Professor and Past Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering

Corrosion, Materials & Pipeline Integrity Lab.

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 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 Publishing.


  • An internationally recognized authority in Corrosion Science and Engineering in Oil/Gas and Pipeline Systems
  • Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering (certifiate signed by Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Fellow of NACE International, the Corrosion Society
  • Recipient of 2014 NACE International Herbert H. Uhlig Award
  • Recipient of 2015 Shi Chang-Xu Award, Chinese Society of Corrosion and Protection
  • Chair of NACE Task Group 521, “Testing of nonshielding property of pipeline coatings to CP”
  • Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Pipeline Transportation of Diluted Bitumen
  • Country (Canada) Leader of NACE International IMPACT Study Program
  • In Google Scholar, 3943 citations, h-index 37 and i10-index 101 (by Nov. 2015)

Research Profile

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

Dr. Cheng’s research covers a wide spectrum in four application areas: Downhole steel tubulars; Oil/gas gathering pipelines; Oil sands slurry pipelines; and Transmission pipelines.

His 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.

Initiatives ongoing

Dr. Cheng is working with Trican Well Services to initiate an Industry Joint Project (JIP) on Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion of Coiled Tubing and Treating Iron.










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