Corrosion in Pipeline and Petroleum Engineering (CorrPIPE)




Y. Frank Cheng, PhD, PEng


Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
                Tel: (403)220-3693

CRC Award Certificate Issued by Prime Minister of Canada

Dr. Cheng is awarded the 2014 NACE International Herbert H. Uhlig Award!

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.

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:

  • Part 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 application.
  • Part 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 environmental conservation.

The CorrPIPE focuses its research on both fundamental and practical aspects to improve the science base and meet the immediate industrial needs.

Initiatives ongoing

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 Integrity”.

News in 2014

Jul.6-19: Dr. Cheng visited Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang Ocean University (Zhoushan), Institute of Oceanology 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 always delicious)!

Jun. 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.

Jun. 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.

Jun. 4-6: Dr. Cheng attended the Rosen Energy Innovation Forum, Lingen, Germany.

May 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 Non-Metallic Inclusions”.

May 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”.

Apr. 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.

Mar. 18: Dr. Cheng was appointed as the member of Planning Committee of Genome Alberta Research Collaboration Workshop.

Mar. 9-13: Dr. Cheng attended the NACE International Corrosion’2014 conference in San Antonio, TX, USA. 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.

Mar. 6: Dr. Cheng attended the BC Transportation panel meeting on Kitimat West Douglas Channel Corridor Analysis in Vancouver.

Mar. 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, AB, Canada.

Mar. 3: Dr. Cheng visited CanmetENERGY Ottawa to discuss the high-temperature corrosion of stainless steel in CO2-containing steam generation reactors.

Feb. 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.

Jan. 28: Dr. Cheng and his PhD student, Da Kuang, attended the NACE Northern Area West Conference in Edmonton. 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 Pipelines”.

Jan. 16: Dr. Cheng, as the Faculty Advisor, attended the kick-off meeting of the NACE Calgary Student/ Young Professionals Section.

Jan. 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).




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