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Queensferry Tackles Corrosion, Records

Scotland’s largest transportation infrastructure project in years is making progress, resolving corrosion concerns and setting records along the way.


Drone's-Eye View for Bridge Inspection

A research team at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is working to develop unmanned surface vehicles aimed at making bridge inspections safer and more efficient.


Corrosion Detection Built for Space

What do soil pollution and the European Space Agency (ESA) have to do with pipe corrosion? A joint venture between it and a Dutch company established an earth-based method for pipeline owner...


Zinc-Rich Primer Helps Fight Corrosion

Axalta Coating Systems has introduced two new Ganicin organic zinc-rich primers.


NACE Shares 2015 Career Data

Compensation for corrosion professionals in the U.S., Canada and Europe has grown, while those in the United Kingdom experienced a slight decline in salary, as reported by a new survey from ...


Probe Measures Coating up to 100mm

WINDSOR, CT--A new measurement device from Fischer, the FA100, is intended to assess coating thickness for oil pipelines, including the multi-layer polypropylene structures required for deep...


Cracking the Origin of Metal Cracking

TEMPE, AZ--Small cracks hold the seeds of catastrophically large structural failures, prompting Arizona researchers to find a new way of keeping a nano-sized eye on them.


Free eBook Examines Pipeline Coatings

PITTSBURGH--From specification to performance, exploring the critical role of protective coatings in transmission pipelines is the subject of a new eBook from JPCL.


Inspection Rule #1: Don't Look Down

ST. LOUIS--It is a rare breed that can work at great heights. And few of those stalwarts have the opportunity to share their dizzying view of daily life with us mortals who are outside that ...


Photos Reveal Doomed Pipe's Corrosion

SANTA BARBARA--Newly released images of a pipeline rotted through by corrosion are raising new questions about the structure, which ruptured May 19 and spewed 101,000 gallons of heavy crude ...


Paris Bridges Divorce Love Locks

PARIS—Attention, Benjamin + Suzanne and thousands of fellow lovebirds: Bridges in the City of Love are no longer that into you.


The 1%: 2 Bridge Rods Fail Pull Tests

OAKLAND, CA—Two of the steel rods used for seismic stability on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have failed testing that simulates a strong earthquake, California transportation officia...


Slumping WI Bridge Laid to Corrosion

GREEN BAY, WI—A "highly unusual environment" of fly ash, clay and bacteria bred the severe corrosion that sank part of the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in 2013, officials announced.


University Graduates First Corrosion Class

AKRON, OH—The first baccalaureate corrosion engineering program in the U.S. has walked its inaugural class across the commencement stage and into careers as corrosion problem solvers.


Pipeline Worker Avoids Prison for Spill

MILWAUKEE, WI—A former Shell Pipeline Company corrosion coordinator won't spend any time in prison for lying about his negligence, which led to a pipeline leak that released over 9,000 gallo...


Bay Bridge Leaks Cause Blame Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO—The ongoing struggle to remove water seeping through parts of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has led to an exchange of finger-pointing between California engineers and th...


Failure Model May Avert the Real Thing

LINCOLN, NE—A new model that can simulate sub-surface corrosion damage could help head off structural failures and design stronger materials, its developers say.


Report: Monument Sound under Stains

ST. LOUIS—Discolorations and blemishes on the stainless-steel exterior of the U.S.'s tallest monument reflect no "significant corrosion or distress"—but a little careful cleaning of the 50-y...


Tank Corrosion, Collapse Spur Hearing

Corrosion that was eating "its way upward" in a water tank was allegedly ignored for years, leading to a catastrophic collapse that sent a flood of water through a nearby church, Kentucky in...


Robot Inspector Gets the Big Jobs Done

Bridge inspectors tasked with scrutinizing vast expanses of concrete for critical signs of corrosion could soon have the help of a high-tech assistant.


Permasense Moves into North America

Permasense, a global manufacturer of remote pipeline monitoring technology, has opened its first North American office in Houston, TX.


Bay Bridge Test Shows Signs of Cracking

Testing has revealed tiny cracks on one of hundreds of improperly grouted anchor rods that were left to soak in water on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, transportation officials say.


Broken Cable Again Closes WV Bridge

Frigid temperatures are being blamed for snapping a cable on one of the U.S.'s oldest bridges, shutting it down for emergency repairs for the second time in two years.


Pee-Induced Corrosion Fells Pole

In South Africa, if you pee on a light pole, urine for some corrosion.


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


Decrepit Pipe Repair 'Alarmingly' Slow

Nearly half of a Pennsylvania utility's pipelines are "at risk," and the 80-year time frame for replacement just isn't fast enough, state regulators are saying.


Tool Records Corrosion for Well Work

A newly redesigned tool provides recorded corrosion and temperature data for downhole operation in production wells.


Pipeline Inspector Guilty of Lapses

A former Shell Pipeline Company employee responsible for corrosion monitoring will pay $19 million in restitution and face up to 15 years in prison for his role in a pipeline leak that relea...


Global Effort Targets Onshore Corrosion

A leading technical society is calling on oil and gas industry experts to collaborate on a global project to fight external corrosion of onshore pipelines.


Storm-Damaged Tunnels Need $689M

Amtrak tunnels in New York City will require $689 million to repair corrosion and cracking caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to a new engineering report.


New Water Issues Bedevil Bay Bridge

After spending millions on extensive testing, California officials have revealed a new round of corrosion issues plaguing the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


Truckers Ignore Emergency Bridge Limits

Rushing to act after an engineering analysis showed a busy bridge failing, New York State officials imposed emergency load limits on the span—only to have truckers ignore them.


Robot Busts Corrosion on Swiss Bridges

Hard-to-reach spots during bridge inspections are getting a little help from a wall- and ceiling-climbing robot.


Water Additive Eyed in Corroded Sewers

A surprising connection between water treatment and wastewater management could be causing the sewers in Australia to quickly corrode.


Repair vs. Replace: A Look at Rust

Determining how costly a rusty coating system will be to repair or replace is the focus of a new how-to video that breaks down corrosion distribution.


Corrosion Threat Seen to 500K Tanks

A half-million storage tanks installed below 156,000 gas stations in the United States could be harboring a "hidden hazard" in need of a pricey fix, federal scientists are warning.


Corrosion Salaries Head Up and Down

North American corrosion professionals are significantly outearning their European counterparts, according to a new survey by NACE International.


CSB: Corroded Tanks Were Not Inspected

Severe corrosion damage unchecked by adequate inspections likely caused a January chemical spill that left nearly 300,000 West Virginians without drinking water for almost a week, according ...


Coatings Fraud Allegations Dismissed

A Massachusetts maker of coatings and spray equipment has withdrawn its claim that a licensee-turned-competitor built the new business on stolen information.


Spain Denies Lion New Loins

Worried about corrosion, Spanish officials have sacked a petition to add testicles to a bronze lion statue in front of the country's Parliament building in Madrid.


Navy Project to Spy Hidden Corrosion

High-speed, nondestructive imaging that can detect corrosion under marine coatings has taken a million-dollar step forward, under a new U.S. Navy contract.


New Film Shrinks Protection to Fit

Cortec Corp. has unwrapped a new military-grade corrosion inhibitor in shrink-film form.


Bay Bridge Fixes Could Add Millions

Crucial components for the seismic stability of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge top a list of flaws that could add millions of dollars in maintenance to what is already the world's ...


Battelle Beads Detect Early Corrosion

A new bead not only senses corrosion but also starts to heal the microscopic cracks it causes, according to Battelle Memorial Institute.


A Fight to Root Out Pipeline Corrosion

A California utility is locked in a showdown with private and public property owners over its plan to remove hundreds of trees that are damaging and corroding area pipelines.


Australia Takes on Aging Pipelines

An Australian university is tackling the country’s aging pipeline needs with a new industry-backed research center and a novel coatings sensor.


Pipe Corrosion Blamed in UT Blast

Pipeline walls thinned by corrosion and uninspected for over 20 years caused a major explosion at a Utah refinery—a scenario that has become “all too familiar,” federal officials announced.


Corrosion Reported on New Bay Bridge

Cable sections supporting the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are showing signs of corrosion seven months after the bridge opened to traffic, an investigation by The Sacrame...


Corrosion, Alarm Issues Cited in Blast

Deteriorated coatings, ineffective cathodic protection, and a 24-year gap in inspections led to the rupture of a severely corroded pipeline and subsequent massive fire in West Virginia, fede...


Deep-Sea Pipes Get Medical Touch

An X-ray machine used to detect fractured bones is being souped up to give the same treatment to fractured pipelines in the crushing depths of the ocean.


New Bay Bridge Span Leaking

Hundreds of leaks have sprouted in a supposedly watertight part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's new span, and state transportation officials are trying to determine why.


Bay Bridge Inspectors Rebut Critics

Naysayers who challenged the integrity of officials on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project skewed information to provide a misleading account, a new review contends.


Inquiry: Bay Bridge Concerns Quashed

Critics were fired or reassigned, safety questions deflected, information suppressed, and a “malicious” lack of transparency shrouded construction of the world's most expensive bridge, a new...


SSPC Increases College Scholarships

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will offer more assistance to North American college students next academic year, the organization has announced.


Corrosion Springs $17M Project Surprise

The unexpected discovery of “significantly corroded” structural steel at an Ontario redevelopment project has dealt the project partners an eight-figure repair bill—and a major beef over who...


EPA Slams Chevron in Refinery Blast

Already shouldering $963,200 in state fines, oil giant Chevron is now facing $37,500 a day in federal penalties from a corrosion-related blast that endangered 19 workers and sent 15,000 peop...


New Corrosion Conference Aims at Owners

Engineered Corrosion Solutions 2014, a new one-day conference focused on helping U.S. facility owners tackle that $500 billion-a-year problem, will debut March 13 in the Chicago area.


Report Assails Bay Bridge Assurances

A chorus of safety concerns by independent engineers has rapidly drowned out the fanfare over the recent opening of the new $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


Electricity Jolts Corrosion Research

Researchers have made a shocking discovery about bridge corrosion: Electricity may be able to detect rusting reinforcing steel.


Bridge Corrosion Closes MN Highway

A Minnesota interstate has been shut down after corrosion ate away at a bridge support, reportedly to the point that inspectors could see right through it.


NACE Tallying Corrosion’s Global Cost

NACE International has launched a two-year global study to determine the financial and societal toll of corrosion on infrastructure, utilities, transportation, the military and other sectors...


Corrosion Blamed in Fatal Plant Blast

Stress corrosion cracking and a lack of inspections likely caused the fatal explosion at an Illinois manufacturing plant in 2009, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has concluded.


4 Firms Share $50M Corrosion Contract

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded four companies a total of $50 million in contracts with exclusive rights to compete for corrosion prevention work.


Lightning Eyed in Pipeline Failure

Lightning may be to blame for a pipeline hole that leaked 20,000 barrels of crude oil in North Dakota, new reports say.


Mall Investigation: Litany of Failures

A drumbeat of neglect, indifference, professional lapses and outright defiance in the face of years of structural red flags resounded through the seven-month investigation into the fatal col...


Pipeline Errors Could Cost PG&E $6.75M

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is facing a proposed $6.75 million fine after a California judge ruled that the embattled utility delayed and attempted to mislead regulators when it revealed reco...


Coating Signals Corrosion Colorfully

A new corrosion-sensing coating that incorporates nanocapsules would flag underlying corrosion by changing colors, researchers say.


67 Global Heritage Sites in Danger

Corrosion, development pressures, lean budgets and civil strife are endangering the future of 67 cultural-heritage sites worldwide, according to a new "watch list" issued by the World Monume...


Corrosion Eyed in ND Pipeline Leak

A ruptured six-inch pipeline has spewed over 20,000 barrels of oil in North Dakota, and an initial investigation points to corrosion, state officials said.


Nuclear Plant Finds Blister, Corrosion

A Pennsylvania nuclear plant is again reporting a coating defect and corrosion in one of its units, near the site of decayed wood left in the structure.


Corrosion Blamed for Drooping Bridge

Corrosion caused a concrete pier on a Green Bay bridge to sink two feet, leaving a 400-foot section of the structure sagging across all lanes, Wisconsin officials have determined.


Creaform Upgrades Pipeline Software

Creaform has released an updated version of its software platform for pipeline corrosion and mechanical damage assessment, developed for pipeline operators and NDT service companies.


Exova Develops Custom Cracking Test

Independent testing company Exova Group Limited has announced a new, customizable oil and gas pipeline testing method for cracking.


DoD Corrosion Conference Goes Virtual

If you have web access, you can attend this year’s Department of Defense Corrosion Conference next month—free, from anywhere in the world.


DoD Raps Corrosion Training, Technology

The U.S. military could fight corrosion damage far more effectively with better cooperation, training and communication among the various service branches, the Department of Defense has conc...


NACE Offers Free Bridge Corrosion Paper

A white paper on how and why highway bridges corrode, along with solutions for low-cost control methods, is now available for free download from NACE International.


‘Internet of Things’: Safety’s Future?

The world is getting its first glimpse into how machine-to-machine wireless communication (the so-called "Internet of Things") could change the face of preventive maintenance for bridges and...


2013 Corrosion Salaries Set Records

Call it a rust-to-riches story. Corrosion careers are paying better than ever, with record-high average annual salaries for professionals in the United States, Canada and the European Union,...


Steel Saddle Can’t Save Bridge Schedule

Repairing dozens of broken bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will push back the span's highly anticipated Labor Day opening by months, officials have conceded.


Corrosion, Overloaded Cargo Sank Ship

Corrosion and a significantly weakened structure contributed to a sinking cargo ship that saw the loss of six lives, according to an investigation report published on Wednesday (June 12).


EPA: Water Infrastructure Needs $384B

Drinking water infrastructure across the country is rapidly approaching the end of its lifespan and will need over $384 billion in improvements over the next two decades, a newly released su...


DOD Urged to Spruce Up Corrosion Plans

The U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force all need some spit and polish on their corrosion prevention and control programs, federal auditors say.


USAF Offers $7M for Corrosion R&D

The U.S. Air Force Academy is making $7 million in grant money available for research and development of protective coatings, test methods and materials to fight corrosion.


Agency Probed on Bad Bolt Decision

Legislators grilled California Department of Transportation officials on Tuesday, May 14, about the decision-making process that led to building the new Bay Bridge eastern span with galvaniz...


Hull Holes Laid to Coating Damage

Coating damage and inadequate cathodic protection caused the corrosion that left holes in the hull of a brand-new $500 million Coast Guard cutter, an internal investigation has concluded.


$2.25B Fine Urged in Pipeline Blast

The California utility responsible for a fatal pipeline explosion is likely in for an "astronomical" fine after investigators turned up dozens of preventable problems dating back decades.


EPA Rips State Dept.’s Pipeline Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again lambasting the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling the assessment inadequate and insufficiently attentiv...


NACE Names Education Director

NACE International - The Corrosion Society has announced the appointment of Matthew M. Miller as Director of Education.


Blast QC Opens Video Learning Series

A how-to guide to determining blast cleanliness opens an original 30-part series of video tutorials presented by KTA-Tator Inc. and produced by PaintSquare.


Mall Study: Extreme Corrosion Unnoticed

The only surprise in last summer's fatal cave-in at an Ontario shopping mall is that it didn't happen a lot sooner.


DOD-Led Exhibit Spotlights Corrosion

A new permanent exhibit mounted by the biggest names in rust busting targets the scourge of corrosion and encourages students to unlock the mysteries of materials degradation at the Orlando ...


Ancient Organs Focus of Corrosion Study

An organ-playing chemist has found a way to combine her passion for music and science by studying corrosion in centuries-old organ pipes.


Protective Coating Skips Pretreatment

Researchers in Spain have developed a coating that reportedly offers enhanced corrosion protection to steel and other metals while eliminating the need for pretreatment.


Corrosion Closes Oldest Vehicle Bridge

A snapped cable has forced the closure of the oldest vehicular suspension bridge still in use in the United States, West Virginia transportation officials said this week.


CoatingsPro Names New Editor

NACE International has appointed Stephanie Marie Chizik as the new editor of CoatingsPro Magazine, the society's bimonthly publication.


EPA Reveals Corrosion, Failures
Plaguing ExxonMobil Refinery

ExxonMobil is operating the United States' second-largest refinery with hundreds of corroded pipes, a record of overdue inspections, noncompliance with its own procedures, and a series of in...


Coatings Blamed for Aircraft Fuel Leak

Flawed coatings are responsible for a fuel leak in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft, investigators in Japan have determined after a slew of problems have grounded the planes worldwide.


Corrosion, Low Inhibitors Ruptured Pipe

Insufficient corrosion inhibitors and severe corrosion caused a pipe rupture that triggered a massive explosion and blaze last year at Chevron's refinery last year in Richmond, CA, investiga...


Texas A&M Launches Corrosion Center

Today's professionals and tomorrow's recruits in the war on corrosion, especially in the oil and gas sector, will have the help of a new national corrosion center focusing on the field's sci...


Corrosion? Yep, There’s an App for That

It won't threaten Fruit Ninja or Pandora, but a new reference-packed corrosion app for engineers is finding its own success.


Cert Programs Join New NACE Institute

NACE International has moved its corrosion certification programs to the new NACE International Institute.


Record Year for Pipeline Fines

Rounding out a year of record enforcement actions against the pipeline industry for coatings, corrosion and other violations, U.S. regulators have levied nearly $200,000 in fines against Col...


Golden Gate Needs Extra Rust Repairs

Extensive corrosion found this month on the Golden Gate Bridge will require more immediate repairs and extra funding for the current seismic retrofitting contract.


WV Pipe Thinned By Heavy Corrosion

Heavy corrosion caused a pipeline wall to thin to one-fourth of its original thickness, leading to its rupture in December, a new federal report has found.


Feds Order Pipeline Review After Blast

A section of pipeline in West Virginia has been determined “hazardous to life, property, and the environment,” federal investigators stated in a corrective order in response to a December 20...


Corrosion Stirs Removal of Tunnel Panels

Scores of 100-pound coated metal panels have been removed from two Boston tunnels after one broke from its frame and fell, authorities say.


Customers to Foot Half of Pipeline Bill

Two years after a California pipeline explosion killed eight people and demolished a neighborhood, the utility's customers have been handed the bill: $299 million.


 
 
   

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