Y. Frank Cheng, PhD,
Professor, Canada Research Chair in
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
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
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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
Cheng’s research interests include:
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.
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.
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
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.
30: Dr. Cheng was appointed as Treasurer and Board Director of NACE
Foundation of Canada.
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.
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.
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.
9-14: Dr. Cheng was invited to attend the 248th American
Chemical Society (ACS) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
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.
Dr. Cheng visited Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
University (Zhoushan), Institute
of Chinese Academy
of Sciences (Qingdao),
Safety Engineering Institute of Sinopec (Qingdao), and Southwest
The trip was super and the visits were successful (of course, the food is
26-27: Dr. Cheng, as the Chair of the NSERC Site Visit Committee, went to
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).