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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.


Engineers Dance to Structure’s Song

Listen up: Tuning into how a highway bridge sings in the rain can tell engineers a lot about the span's structural integrity, engineers at Brigham Young University have determined.


Pipeline Spill Penalties Total $312K

ConocoPhillips has agreed to pay state and federal environmental regulators more than $312,000 in penalties and other costs related to a pair of corrosion-induced oil spills at the Kuparuk R...


Corrosion Cited in WV Pipeline Blast

External corrosion could be the cause of a pipeline explosion that ignited a massive fireball, destroyed four homes, and closed part of an interstate in West Virginia last week, the National...


Feds Test Bridges Built with Bad Grout

Defective grout may have been used to build as many as three dozen bridges in 21 states from November 2002 to March 2010, the Federal Highway Administration is reporting.


Hempel Patents 2-Coat Protection

Coating maker Hempel has gained a patent for its two-coat, low-solvent protective paint system for refineries, the chemical industry, power generation, infrastructure projects and wind turbi...


Corrosion Eyed in 2nd Refinery Fire

The neglected corrosion suspected in a recent explosion at Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Richmond, CA, may also have caused a 2011 fire that prompted employee complaints about the problem, new...


Out of Kazakhstan: Wilson Comes Home

After four years in Kazakhstan on the world’s largest oil and gas project, JPCL Top Thinker Lee Wilson has returned home to the UK with a new position.


Robots Take on GRP Pipe Inspection

New robotic imaging is tackling inspection of underground pipes in the European Union, with the launch of a system six years in development.


Thickness Gage Offers Multiple Options

Olympus NDT, a global provider of nondestructive testing technologies, has introduced the handheld 45MG ultrasonic thickness gage, packed with measurement features and software options.


‘Magic’ Coating Protects 100x Better

Graphene, a microscopically thin layer of carbon atoms invisible to the human eye, has been wowing researchers for the last few years.


New Dow Resin Toughens Polysiloxanes

Dow Corning has rolled out a new resin designed to improve the chemical resistance and flexibility of polysiloxane coatings beyond that of traditional epoxy topcoats.


Metal Protection Takes a Tasty Turn

Here’s juicy news for the protective coatings industry: The newest potential secret weapon in the war on corrosion comes from the date palm, cultivated for its edible sweetfruit.


Monument Deemed Stained But Sound

The corrosion of the St. Louis Gateway Arch—the nation’s tallest monument—is “a cosmetic problem” that does not affect the structure’s integrity, an in-depth engineering analysis has conclud...


TVA Invests $1B in Scrubbers, Upgrades

The Tennessee Valley Authority will spend about $1 billion to install four large scrubbers and other pollution control equipment at the Gallatin Fossil Plant to reduce emissions by as much a...


Exova Plans Global Corrosion R&D Effort

Exova, the world’s largest dedicated testing group, will establish a multimillion-dollar global network of laboratories, led by a new corrosion center, to research and develop solutions to t...


U.S. Criminal Probe Targets CA Refinery

Chevron Corp.’s troubled refinery in Richmond, CA, is the subject of a federal criminal investigation for allegedly bypassing pollution control equipment and burning off gas emissions, in po...


U.S. Zinc Names New President

Global zinc producer U.S. Zinc has chosen a new president from the executive ranks of its parent firm, Votorantim Metais.


GAO Questions DOD Corrosion Budget Plan

The Government Accountability Office wants a better accounting from the Defense Department about its $9.1 million plan to tackle a $20.9 billion-a-year corrosion maintenance problem.


Cargo Tank Coating Offers Low-Temp Cure

Advanced Polymer Coatings has introduced GuardLine LTC, an ambient-cure coating designed for application versatility and chemical resistance.


Pipe Epoxy Made for Longer Pot Life

Polyguard Products Inc. has introduced a two-part epoxy pipe coating designed to provide an extended pot life and high-temperature resistance.


OSHA Demands Cleanup of Navy Facility

A U.S. Navy maintenance facility may be forced to shut down after a series of health and safety inspections found workers there exposed to a variety of “extremely toxic materials.”


Corroded Pipe Blamed in Refinery Blast

BP’s failure to inspect and test “deadleg” pipe at its Cherry Point petroleum refinery in Blaine, WA, led to an explosion and blaze at the facility in February—a “willful” management violati...


Secret Pipeline Settlement Slips Out

Secret documents inadvertently released by a California court detail a settlement of more than $2 million by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to a California teenager burned in the deadly pipeline...


U. of Akron to Host 1st Corrosion Forum

Leading-edge corrosion coatings, technology, materials and policies will be the focus of the inaugural Corrosion Forum next month at the new National Center for Education and Research on Cor...


Navy Takes 3rd Strike on Storage Tanks

For the third time this year, the U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a fine to settle federal allegations of management lapses regarding underground storage tanks at one of its facilities.


TQC Launches Hull Roughness Test Gauge

Dutch developer TQC has extended its range of test products with the release of the DC9000 Hull Roughness Gauge, billed as “the next evolutionary step in hull roughness surveys.”


Trapped by Suit, Corroded Ship Sinks

Rotted with corrosion and immobilized at sea by a long-running legal dispute, a cargo vessel has sunk in the Indian Ocean, releasing an oil slick about six miles long.


Free New eBook Delivers Latest on Corrosion Coatings

The newest leading-edge coatings technology for controlling corrosion is the focus of a new, free eBook just published by JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


All Hands Make New Museum Ship-Shape

With every inch of her 887-foot length gleaming in fresh coating, the legendary battleship USS Iowa is ready for its newest mission as Southern California’s newest maritime museum.


Storage Tanks Draw $582K EPA Fine

Owners and operators of 22 underground storage tanks at gasoline stations around Buffalo, NY, are facing $582,803 in fines for corrosion and testing lapses, as well as other violations of fe...


Pipe Corrosion Eyed in Refinery Fire

Federal investigators are looking at corrosion of an old pipe as the possible cause of a near-catastrophic fire at the Chevron Refinery last week in California.


A Bridge Map of Danger and Purpose

Remember the deadly I-35 Bridge disaster of 2007? Barry LePatner says there are 7,980 more like it just waiting to happen.


Shell Oil Assailed on Corrosion, Spills

Corroded, ill-maintained pipelines—not sabotage—are responsible for several major spills by Shell Oil Co. in Africa, two international groups charge in a new report.


Coating Protects Against Lightning

Lord Corp., a supplier of motion control and adhesive technology, has introduced UltraConductive Film and Coatings for lightning-strike protection.


1 City + 671 Sewage Floods = $250+M Tab

A federal and state stink over hundreds of illegal sewer overflows will cost the city of Chattanooga, TN, more than $251 million to resolve, under a settlement agreement announced this week.


NTSB: Pipe Rupture, Spill Avoidable

Enbridge Energy knew of—and ignored—multiple corrosion-fatigue cracks in a Michigan pipeline five years before the line ruptured, unleashing the costliest onshore oil spill in U.S. history, ...


Webinar Helps Fight CUI with Coatings

Wielding the right coatings to thwart corrosion under insulation will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


Alarms Ignored; Spill Draws $3.7M Fine

Federal regulators have proposed a record $3.7 million fine and 24 actions against pipeline operator Enbridge Energy for a corrosion-related rupture that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of ...


Helping Surfaces Repel ‘the Drop on Top’

Imagine a bridge or pipeline where every drop of water simply fell off—never puddling, even in the smallest nooks and crannies.


Corrosion Weighed in Mall Disaster

As two bodies were pulled Wednesday from the rubble of a collapsed Canadian shopping mall, reports painted a troubled history of salt seepage, corrosion, leaks and mold in the 30-year-old st...


Corrosion Shuts Brand-New Refinery Unit

“Accelerated chemical corrosion” has reportedly unleashed devastating damage to a new $300 million unit at the U.S.’s largest refinery, shutting down the facility indefinitely.


Cortec Launches Protective Epoxy Primer

Cortec Corp. has introduced VpCI-395, a waterborne epoxy primer designed to provide salt spray, immersion, and long-term corrosion protection to steel.


U.S. Auditors See Lax Pipeline Oversight

Inspection backlogs, a preference for paper over field visits, regulatory loopholes, data management problems and other “key deficiencies” are weakening federal oversight of pipeline safety,...


Pipe Problems Keep Nuclear Plant Closed

Plagued by inexplicably rapid pipe wear, both nuclear-power units at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will remain closed indefinitely, Southern California Edison has announced.


DOD Launches $1.4M Powder CARC Project

The Defense Department’s environmental research arm has tapped Sherwin-Williams to lead the development of a novel Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) powder topcoat for military vehicle...


Exhibit Showcases ‘Elegant Corrosion’

If black is beautiful, is rust ravishing? Apparently so, if you’re photographer Colin Winterbottom, who documents the “elegant” face of corrosion in an upcoming exhibit at the Steamtown Nat...


‘Ample Warning’ of Deadly Blast Ignored

A gas company’s failure to heed “ample warning signs”—including several fatal explosions—about its century-old mains led to a catastrophic 2011 blast that killed two families in Allentown, P...


Creaform Updates Pipecheck NDT Software

Creaform, a global provider of portable 3D measurement technologies, has released the first major update to its Pipecheck software module for pipeline external corrosion analysis.


PG&E Reveals More Pipeline Corrosion

Embattled Pacific Gas & Electric has notified California state regulators of 180 corrosion areas along its pipeline network that violate the utility’s own standards.


International Forum Tackles Antifouling

Leading-edge antifouling technologies, bio-inspired coatings, international regulation of antifouling products and other issues critical to the marine coatings industry will be among the top...


JPCL Top Thinker Offers ‘Paint Inspector’s Field Guide’

Veteran coating specialist Lee Wilson has just released the Paint Inspector’s Field Guide, a comprehensive guide to the coatings inspection process.


Coatings Cited in 6-Pipeline Explosion

Overlooked coating failures and lax oversight of high-risk corrosion environments top the list of “foreseeable” causes of a massive 2008 gas pipeline explosion in Western Australia, governme...


3 New Cosasco Sensors Detect CUI

Corrosion technology supplier Rohrback Cosasco has introduced three new Cosasco CUI Corrosion Sensors for detecting corrosion under insulation.


Corrosion Studies Get Boost from PPG

Three University of Akron programs in corrosion and engineering will benefit this year from $25,000 in new grants from the PPG Industries Foundation.


Delays to Cost Bridge Project $11M

The good news: A Mississippi River bridge painting project that was funded in 2009 and set to be completed in 2011 is finally about to begin. The bad news: The delays will add more than 4...


BASF Pipe Coating Taps Water Industry

BASF has introduced Elastocoat AC, a new protective pipe coating product line for the water transmission industry.


Graphene Coating: Non-toxic Rust Buster

Scientists have a new secret weapon in their quest for a steel coating that effectively fights corrosion without using toxic compounds.


New NDT Method Tracks Hidden Corrosion

German and Austrian researchers have developed a quick, simple, non-destructive detection technology to measure corrosion under coatings applied to steel and galvanized steel.


Panel Raps Navy, But Funds LCS Program

Concerns over the Navy’s troubled Littoral Combat Ship program continue to mount in Congress, but members are not yet ready to slow down the program.


Co-Workers Rescue Man from Acid Tank

A New Jersey man is in critical condition—but lucky to be alive—after falling 20 feet through a collapsed pipe factory roof into a tank of diluted acid.


Jotun Unveils 2 Offshore Steel Coatings

High-performance coatings maker Jotun has introduced two new coatings specifically developed for the offshore industry.


NACE to School Lawmakers on Corrosion

Waking up federal lawmakers to the billion-dollar, life-threatening consequences of unchecked corrosion will be Job 1 when members of NACE International drop in on Capitol Hill this month.


Congress Urges Probe, Answers on LCS

Alleging “lack of transparency” by the Navy, members of Congress are demanding an accounting regarding new revelations of widespread problems with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.


Navy Settles EPA Tank Violations

The U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a $5,855 penalty to settle allegations of underground storage tank violations at its Naval Support Activity facility in Norfolk, VA, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


‘Sonogram’ Spots Bridge Rebar Threats

Engineers at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (EPFL) have developed a sonogram-like technology that can reveal rebar corrosion inside concrete bridges.


Congress Urged to Scrap Ship Program

Cracks, “rampant corrosion” and other problems on the Navy’s newest combat ships are worse than publicly reported, and the line should be scrapped, says a government watchdog group, citing n...


Steel Water Pipes on Borrowed Time?

Corrosion is eating into the underground piping of three in four North American water utilities, and thousands of miles of aging steel and iron pipes are exacerbating the problem, according ...


Prof Licenses Green Protective Coating

An Eastern Michigan University coatings researcher has partnered with a Michigan-based company to commercialize a chromate-free protective coating developed by his team.


Tank Excavation Project Begins in CA

Federal and state authorities have begun the massive job of digging out disintegrating underground steel storage tanks from dozens of locations along California’s I-710 Freeway.


Free SSPC 2012 Video Sessions Released

Coating performance, concrete maintenance, corrosion under insulation and other critical topics covered at SSPC 2012 are now available as free downloadable video presentations.


New Rating System Aims For Greener Infrastructure

Reduce, reuse and recycle is not just do-good advice for consumers. Now, the principles carry billion-dollar performance and financial implications for pipelines and sewage pla...


NACE Guide Targets Bridge Corrosion

NACE International has published a new guide that lays out strategies to reduce the $8.29 billion annual cost of bridge corrosion and extend the life of reinforced concrete structures.


Navy Steels Itself for Titanium Ships

Are the days numbered for great steel ships? It’s possible: The U.S. Office of Naval Research has announced that it is producing a full-size ship hull section made entirely of marine-grade t...


New Coating Job Urged for Titanic

The explorer whose team located the remains of the Titanic has drawn up plans to have robots apply protective coatings to the wreck, to preserve the disintegrating resting place of more than...


Wax Tape Protects High-Temp Pipelines

Trenton Corp., manufacturer of corrosion prevention systems, has introduced a wax-tape coating designed to protect metal pipe and irregular-shaped fixtures from corrosion in higher-temperatu...


Shoddy ‘Big Dig’ Paint to Cost $54M

It will take about two years and $54 million to properly replace more than 25,000 Boston “Big Dig” tunnel light fixtures that are corroding due to paint failure.


Protective Nanocoating Does Double Duty

German scientists have developed a low-friction metal coating that purportedly protects against corrosion and lubricates without grease.


Dow Increases Saudi Coatings Stake

Dow Coating Materials, the world’s largest supplier of raw materials for the coatings industry, plans to build a major manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia to support the growing Middle East ...


OR Awards $17.5M Bridge Painting

A Kentucky contractor has been awarded a $17.5 million contract for cleaning and recoating the landmark Astoria-Megler Bridge, which connects Oregon and Washington State over the Columbia Ri...


Polycorp Named a ‘Best Managed’ Firm

Protective linings maker Polycorp Ltd. has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in a new ranking.


Bids Sought for WA Iron Bridge Painting

The City of Spokane, WA, will accept bids April 2 for coating work as part of the rehabilitation of the city’s historic Iron Bridge over the Spokane River.


Stopaq Wins Pipe Coating Patent Suit

A Dutch innovator has won a major patent victory against pipeline coating multinational Canusa-CPS in what the winner is calling a “real David and Goliath story.”


Coating Firm Built on Stolen Secrets?

A leading manufacturer of patented epoxy spray systems for infrastructure repair is suing a young competitor, contending that the rival business was built on information stolen as a licensee...


International, Polibrid Ink Sales Deal

Protective and marine coatings giant International Paint has been named the exclusive distributor of Polibrid Coatings’ solventless elastomeric polyurethane coatings products in the United S...


New 100% Solids Epoxy Protects Pipeline

Carboline Co. has introduced Polyclad 975, an advanced, 100% solids epoxy coating designed for corrosion protection of buried steel and ductile iron pipeline exteriors, girth welds or tie-in...


3M Touts Adhesive Option for Fasteners

3M has introduced a new line of structural adhesives that it says can replace welds, rivets, screws and other mechanical fasteners in industrial applications, reducing the risk of corrosion.


URS Seeks Shipboard Coating Inspector

URS Corp. is actively seeking an experienced coating Inspector to inspect shipboard corrosion and preservation issues in the Norfolk, VA, area.


‘Smart Sensors’ Track Bridge Corrosion

Engineers at Columbia University are developing “smart sensor” technology that could provide the world’s suspension bridges with the first real-time internal monitoring of a “silent killer”:...


Copper Upgrades for Lead Pipes May Backfire, Study Shows

The dangers of lead pipes in drinking-water systems are well established, but could the cure be even worse? Quite possibly, say researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.


Study: Nano Coatings Hold Mega Promise

The nanotech revolution that is sweeping the coatings industry may live up to its sizzling promise after all, with apparently few risks and huge potential for functional coatings of every ki...


Rain Botches Bridge’s New Coating Job

Mother Nature is taking the rap for putting a damper on a $3.5 million waterproofing project on Australia’s iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Pipeline Blast Tied to Coating Failure

Coating failure is being blamed in part for pipeline corrosion that led to a massive natural-gas explosion in Alabama in December.


‘Atomically Thin’ is In, For Graphene Protective Coatings

Graphene, the wonder child of materials science, has yet another claim to fame: New research anoints it as the thinnest coating ever developed for protecting metals from corrosion.


EPA Slaps Plant on Chemical Drum Mess

Hundreds of corroded, leaking, dusty, unlabeled drums have drawn a federal order that chemical producer SIC Technologies change its way, and quickly.


‘Rapid Corrosion’ Blamed In Collapse, Bridge Closure

Indian officials are blaming unexpectedly “rapid corrosion” for the collapse of a massive silo that injured dozens of people this week—the same claim recently made by Quebec officials for fa...


Protective Coating Boasts Less Prep

Sherwin-Williams has expanded its Macropoxy protective coating family with Macropoxy 80, designed for application over marginally prepared steel substrates and damp surfaces.


Lloyd’s Explains New Tank Corrosion Reg

Lloyd’s Register has developed guidance to clarify the coatings and other compliance options in new IMO regulations regarding corrosion protection of crude oil cargo tanks.


New Tech Center to Aid Corrosion Study

Corrosion technology, materials science, engineering and chemistry will be among the focuses of a new “market-driven” industrial research center being founded at North Dakota State Universit...


Elcometer Debuts NDT Gauges, Detectors

Coatings inspection instrument maker Elcometer has launched a new division, Elcometer NDT, which offers a comprehensive range of ultrasonic thickness gauges and flaw detectors.


New ISO Group Tackles Tank Coatings

A new international standard is likely for steel tank coatings used in the oil and gas industry, under a new working group at the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO).


BP Founds Corrosion Lab at U. of Alaska

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will donate $1 million to the University of Alaska Anchorage to establish the BP Asset Integrity and Corrosion Lab, scheduled to open in fall 2012.


Scorpion Armor Inspires New Surfaces

The desert scorpion, champion survivor of a brutal corrosive environment, has a thing or two to teach scientists about protecting material surfaces.


1-Part Steel Coating Does Dual Duty

Vibol Coatings of Belgium has introduced a water-based, one-component, zinc-rich protective coating for the protection of blasted steel.


Corrosion Office Lands Budget Windfall

Few agencies avoided the federal budget ax this year. Then, there’s the military corrosion prevention and control effort, which not only survived but thrived—nearly quadrupling last year’s a...


New Video Lays Out Military’s Corrosion Fight

TAMPA, FL—The Department of Defense corrosion office unveiled a new video Tuesday (Jan. 31) that aims to give contracting officers and the public an up-close-and-personal look at the challen...


Shipboard Corrosion Assessor Needed

Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. has a full-time opening for an Apprentice Shipboard Corrosion Assessor at its National City, CA, location.


JPCL Names Top Authors; SSPC Confers Honors

Research articles on the “underworld” of VOCs, dehumidification, inspection, testing and other critical facets of protective coatings work garnered top editorial recognition Monday (Jan. 30)...


Corrosion Sensors Take on Splash Zones

UK researchers have announced the development of sensors that purportedly spot early signs of rebar corrosion in concrete, while standing up to long-term marine exposures.


Admixture Targets Rebar Corrosion

Cortec Corp., a global provider of corrosion protection technology, has introduced a concrete admixture designed to inhibit corrosion in rebar.


ASTM Revises Measurement, Fog Chamber Standards

Measuring the surface profile of blast-cleaned steel and operating procedures for salt spray (fog) apparatus are the subjects of two standards recently revised by ASTM International.


Heater Eyed in Blast at Pipe Coater

A kerosene space heater near a cloud of polymer dust is believed to be the cause of an explosion that injured four employees at an Oklahoma pipe coating plant, officials say.


Lining Made for Potable Tanks, Pipes

LINE-X Protective Coatings Ltd. has introduced a quick-drying spray-applied polyurea for fresh, treated and potable water storage tanks and reservoirs and pipe linings.


British Air Gives New Coating a Lift

Flying high over its fuel savings, British Airways will expand its year-long trial of an anti-drag nanocoating to a second larger aircraft.


Bids Sought for $20+M Bridge Painting

The Oregon Department of Transportation will accept bids Jan. 12 for cleaning and recoating of the Astoria-Megler Bridge—a project valued at $20 million to $30 million.


Ship Coating Inspection Goes Digital

Navy researchers have developed a novel ship coating inspection process that is designed to be far safer, faster, cheaper and more accurate than current methods.


Engineers: Water Neglect will Backfire

Skimping now on public investment in aging water infrastructure will cost U.S. homes and businesses $206 billion over the next decade, the nation’s civil engineers are warning.


NRC Challenged on Plant Corrosion

Repeated stress corrosion cracking of stainless-steel components at a Michigan nuclear plant has a congressman asking federal regulators why they continue to allow use of the metal in such a...


Team Turns 4D MRI Imaging on Pipelines

Physicists and engineers at the University of California-Berkeley have developed a new system to monitor and prevent pipeline ruptures using MRI medical technology.


MPI to Move Coatings Test Lab to US

MPI, the Vancouver-based institute that establishes paint performance standards, will move its coating performance lab testing operation from its Canadian headquarters to KTA-Tator Inc., of ...


AK Pipeline Operator to Pay $600K+ in Corrosion Case

Alyeska Pipeline Service Inc. will pay a $600,000 federal fine—far less than originally proposed—to settle several regulatory enforcement cases relating to failures, corrosion inspection iss...


EPA Proposes Stronger Tank Containment

Facing thousands of petroleum and hazardous chemical leaks each year, the federal government has proposed stronger rules for underground storage tanks, with new requirements for containment,...


Plant Operator Rips Fatal Blast Probe

A major wastewater plant owner accused of ignoring tank corrosion that led to a fatal explosion is fighting back with its own photos and a demand for another investigation.


PG&E Repairs, Coats Burst Pipelines

Pacific Gas & Electric is blaming “isolated” corrosion for a new leak in one part of the infamous San Bruno, CA, transmission pipeline, while working to repair and recoat two other segments ...


Town Reels from Water Tower Collapse

Stunned authorities in a small Indiana town are investigating the abrupt collapse of the town’s water tower, which crumbled to the ground in seconds this week, unleashing 250,000 gallons of ...


New Ruptures, Leak Plague CA Pipeline

Another segment of the California natural-gas pipeline that exploded in September 2010 has ruptured and unleashed a mudslide onto a highway—the third incident in less than two weeks involvin...


New Leader, ‘Defining Moment’ For Pipeline Owners

The Pipeline Research Council International, a global R&D organization for the energy pipeline industry, has announced the election of Eric J. Amundsen, of Panhandle Energy, as chairman thro...


3D Scanner, Software Aid Pipeline Inspection

Creaform, provider of portable 3D optical measurement technologies, has entered the pipeline market with a new 3D scanner and software module designed to assess and report on pipeline integr...


Aker Debuts Compact Corrosion Software

UK engineering service company Aker Solutions has launched a new “compact” version of its Coabis software tool for oil and gas integrity, inspection and corrosion management.


US Tests Bridge Steel Costs, Options

How do low-cost steels with improved weathering characteristics stack up to the weathering steels now in use?


Navy Uses SPF to Protect Radar Dome

Q: When is spray foam insulation not spray foam insulation? A: When it is being used as a primary protective coating. That was the unusual application recently devised to provide an insu...


Jotun, Praxair, MesoCoat Add Plants

Global production of protective and marine coatings is surging, with Jotun, Praxair and MesoCoat announcing new facilities in the U.S. and abroad.


‘Green’ Blasting Tool Uses No Grit

MONTI has introduced the MBX Bristle Blaster, a lightweight, handheld power tool designed to provide the same texture and cleanliness as grit blasting without hazardous materials or addition...


R&D Targets Oil & Gas Pipe Corrosion

Research underway at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen is poised to provide a new model for corrosion assessment to enhance oil and gas safety.


ITW Epoxy Made for Emergency Repairs

DFense Blok Quick Patch, new from ITW Devcon, is an epoxy compound designed for emergency patching and repair of holes, leaks and cracks.


Disasters Pound US Infrastructure

Mother Nature’s summertime triple whammy—record heat, followed by an earthquake and hurricane—has left billions of dollars in infrastructure damage in just a few short weeks.


State Dept. Clears Way for XL Pipeline

Overriding concerns from Congress, other federal agencies and the public, the U.S. State Department has determined that the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would have “no significant” environm...


Golden Gate Painting Off to Slow Start

After months of scaffolding and containment construction, painting is finally underway—sort of—on the Golden Gate Bridge.


Pipeline Corrosion May Face New Rules

Stronger corrosion control measures are among the mandates under consideration as the federal government weighs new safety requirements for the nation’s gas transmission pipelines.


States' Bridge Emergencies Spread

Age and summer heat are taking a heavy toll on the nation’s bridges, with a wave of emergency closures and other measures reported nationwide in recent weeks.


Surface Salt Detection Made for Field

Louisville Solutions Inc. has introduced the SaltSmart Heavy Duty Field Kit, packaging all the components that contractors need to detect soluble surface salt using the new company’s SaltSma...


Ethanol Said to Worsen Pipeline Cracks

The boom in ethanol and other biofuels may be a serious bust for the nation’s existing pipeline network, a new government study shows.


MIC Corrosion Tek Bows ‘Lab in a Pig’

MIC Corrosion Tek LLC has introduced MIC-Pig, a pipeline pig that gathers information on internal corrosion and black powder as it travels down a pipeline.


Tiny Robots Tackle Nuclear Monitoring

A tiny robot may hold the solution to one of the nuclear industry’s biggest safety challenges: inspecting the interior of underground pipes for leaks.


Congress Turns Up LCS Heat on Navy

Rebuffed by the Navy, two members of Congress are now asking the General Accountability Office to review the troubled Littoral Combat Ship program.


Firms Admit Corrosion Monitoring Scam

Two UK companies have reached an out-of-court settlement with California’s Rohrback Cosasco Systems, admitting that they misrepresented equipment supplied to oil and gas customers as having ...


Engineer Reports Mounting Damage from Big Dig Leaks

Continuing water leaks into Big Dig tunnels in Boston are causing mounting damage to corroding electrical systems and structural steel, among other components, according to an internal repor...


2nd ‘Big Dig’ Official Suspended; DOT Culture of Secrecy Alleged

A second Big Dig tunnel official may lose his job after discussing pressure within his agency to avoid documenting the Boston project’s problems, such as that of a coatings failure that has ...


Denso Debuts Tank Base Protection

Denso, maker of protective coatings and Petrolatum Tape, has rolled out a tape-and-coatings system designed to fight corrosion at the base of storage tanks.


Austal Lands New Navy Ship Contract

Corrosion problems on a brand-new Navy combat vessel have not kept Austal USA from signing a new $313 million shipbuilding deal with the service.


US Stiffens Oil & Gas Violation Fines

Federal fines for corroding pipelines, crumbling offshore structures, and other neglected facilities will soon increase, under new penalties announced this week.


Rust from Leaks Reported At Most US Nuclear Sites

Corroding underground pipes are leaking radioactive substances at most U.S. nuclear sites, thanks largely to a sympathetic relationship between the nuclear industry and its regulators, an in...


Austal, Navy Devise Corrosion Solution

A now-conciliatory Austal USA says it is working “very closely” with the U.S. Navy to address aggressive galvanic corrosion that is bedeviling a new combat ship.


Ship Maker Denies Responsibility For Rust on New Navy Ship

The builder of a new Navy combat ship that is rusting aggressively says the problem is not the company’s fault, but more likely the result of poor maintenance.


‘Brand New’ Navy Ship Shows ‘Aggressive’ Corrosion

The U.S. Navy has discovered “aggressive” corrosion in Austal Ltd.’s first new combat ship designed for operating close to shore, according to a new report.


Marine Corrosion ‘Magic Bullet’ Takes Research Honor

An innovative, electrochemically based corrosion-prevention process using seawater has won the Research, Studies and Consulting Award at the UK’s Association for Consultancy and Engineering ...


Coatings Help Keep Nuke Plant Going

Although improper coatings application has previously caused problems at the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant, newer coatings are apparently providing protection that will keep the plant ...


Pipeline, Chemical Roads Lead to TX

Long favored for its ports and its business-friendly ways, Texas is drawing a new flurry of investment and activity from the pipeline and chemicals industries.


EU to Plow $1.4B into Graphene R&D

Graphene, the new wonder child of materials science, will be the focus of a 10-year, 1 billion euro ($1.45 billion US) research project designed by Cambridge University.


Researchers Cry Fowl on Car Paint

The next time you’re cursing a bird whose excretory calling card just ate into your car finish, you might want to blame the paint, not the poop.


BP Must Step Up Pipeline Maintenance

While the federal government is set to gain $25 million from settling BP’s 2006 oil spill, the pipeline coatings industry may also benefit from the deal.


Corrosion-Detecting Coating Patented

UK scientists have patented a thermal barrier coating (TBC) that contains an indicator material that can detect and signal corrosion.


0-VOC Line Touts Corrosion Protection

CETCO Corrosion Protection Solutions has introduced a new line of water-based, zero-VOC protective coatings designed to adhere directly to rust and suitable for application in confined space...


Harvey Hack Wins ASTM’s Reinhart Award for Corrosion Work

Dr. Harvey Hack has received the ASTM International Frank W. Reinhart Award from Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals and the ASTM Committee on Standards for his work on creating a joint AST...


GE Warns of Turbine Blade Corrosion

General Electric is contacting operators of its CF6-80E1 engines in Asia to check for corrosion on the powerplant's high-pressure turbine blades, following three engine shutdown events on Ch...


Peeling Paint Imperils Big Dig Lights

Paint failure on hundreds of light fixtures in Boston’s infamous Big Dig project is apparently causing the tunnel fixtures to corrode—and one 110-pound fixture, so far, to fall out, official...


Job Fair Planned Tuesday at NACE 2011

Major employers will be on hand Tuesday (March 15) at NACE Corrosion 2011 in search of corrosion professionals, who continue to be in high demand in today’s economy.


GAO Challenges DOD on Corrosion

Amid these days of slash-and-burn budgeting, the U.S. Government Accountability Office is actually recommending that the Department of Defense step up its funding to fight corrosion—if the i...


CSX to Remove Flaking Bridge Coating

Prodded by Kentucky environmental officials, CSX Corp. has agreed to strip the remaining rusty, lead-based paint that is flaking off a company bridge onto the ground and into the Barren Rive...


NC DOT ‘Bangs’ Birds from Bridges

The 1,000 or so double-crested cormorants that used to coat the Wrightsville Beach, NC, drawbridge with their corrosive droppings have been dispatched—with a bang.


NDT Crack Detector Uses Eddy Current Array

Olympus has introduced the OmniScan MX, which uses eddy current array testing for detection of stress corrosion cracking in pipelines and other pressure containment equipment.


US Orders Repairs on AK Pipeline

Corrosion, inspection practices and other conditions on the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline are endangering the public and the environment, and pipeline owners must address them now, the U.S....


Singleton Wins ASTM’s 2010 LaQue Award

Raymund Singleton, president of Singleton Corp. in Cleveland, OH, has received ASTM International’s 2010 Francis L. LaQue Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the field of corrosi...


Graphene Trick Could Make Hulls Slick

Giving graphene a Teflon-like tweak with nanotechnology could soon produce some of the smoothest, sleekest ship hull coatings ever, a team of researchers says.


ASTM Introduces Corrosion Cost Tool, Updates Standard Coatings Terms

ASTM has developed its first standard for evaluating the lifecycle cost of corrosion protection systems and has revised its standard for coatings terms.


BASF Debuts 4 Rail Polyurethane Products

BASF SE has introduced four new polyurethane solutions for the global rail industry.


Software Predicts Ship Coating Needs

FLAGSHIP, the European maritime transport project partly funded by the EU, has announced the development of software that can forecast the condition of a ship’s coatings, structure and compo...


Epoxy Grout Designed for High-Corrosion Areas

International Coatings has introduced a pourable epoxy grout designed for major repair of eroded bases in industrial applications.


Navy Seeks Small Business for $1M Recoating Job

The Navy is seeking a small business to perform major corrosion repairs and recoating work at a vehicle maintenance shop in Jacksonville, FL.


Spit Threatens Busy Calcutta Bridge

What’s eating Calcutta’s famed Howrah Bridge? Spit.


UK Pans Offshore Painting, Maintenance Efforts

A generation after a massive fire on the Piper Alpha platform claimed 167 lives in the North Sea, painting and other maintenance practices—and attitudes—on UK offshore installations are stil...


NTSB Issues Urgent Recommendations In Probe of Deadly Pipeline Blast

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued seven recommendations—six of them urgent—in its investigation into the pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes ...


Self-Healing Coating May Aid Water Systems

A New Jersey nanotech firm is developing an environmentally friendly, self-healing, corrosion-control coating that could provide critical assistance in restoring the nation’s aging water inf...


Software Uses X-rays to Detect Pipe Corrosion

New software developed by federal and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding researchers may lead to a less-expensive, faster method to detect corrosion or other defects in a ship's pipes.


Pocket UT Offers 5 Instruments in 1

The Mistras Group has introduced the Pocket UT, a battery-operated, hand-held, stand-alone, full C-Scan data acquisition system.


Green Fuels May Speed Tank, Pipeline Corrosion

Ethanol fuels may be good for the environment, but not for the pipelines that transport and store them, new research indicates.


GAO Urges Detailed DOD Corrosion Review

The Air Force’s $228 million corrosion problem with the F-22 Raptor taught the service something about corrosion prevention and control, but not enough—and the entire Department of Defense s...


Historic Forth Road Bridge To be Replaced; Foes Demand Probe

The Scottish Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to replace the historic, but rapidly corroding, Forth Road Bridge, sparking environmental protests and calls for an investigation to save t...


‘Bad Bacteria’ Found Aboard Titanic; Bad & Good News for Marine Industry

A new form of aggressively corrosive bacteria found growing on the sunken Titanic could hold major implications for new protective marine coatings and future ship demolition, research...


Army Corps Agrees to Use Coatings on NOLA Flood Project

Under pressure from local officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to coat the steel sheetpiling that will be used to upgrade a New Orleans canal that breached during Hurricane...


High-Build Concrete Filler Made for Large Voids

Sauereisen has introduced Hi-Build Filler Compound No. 209HB, a strong-bonding epoxy designed to fill large voids and open joints in concrete substrates before application of a protective to...


Chinese Academy Forms Ocean Corrosion Alliance

The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oceanology (IOCAS) has founded a marine anti-corrosion alliance that unites the efforts of 13 research groups and 13 industry companies.


NTSB Urges More NDE in Corrosion Inspections

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending greater use of Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) technologies to augment visual inspections of bridge corrosion in the wake of a fatal...


Graphene Found to Boost Coating’s UV Protection

Coatings made with graphene—the thinnest, strongest material ever made—can help prevent UV degradation and corrosion on wind turbine blades, new research shows.


Air Injection Stops Bridge Cable Rust

A new engineering method that prevents corrosion by regularly injecting dry air into steel bridge cables has been successfully tested on one of the world’s largest suspension bridges.


Nano Materials Stop Water from Icing

Highways, airplanes, power lines and other critical surfaces may remain ice-free during future winters by integrating new anti-ice technology from Harvard University into coatings and other ...


Ametek Buys Atlas Material Testing Technology

Ametek Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments, has announced that it has purchased Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC for $159 million in cash.


Industrial Paint, Rust Removers Are Non-Toxic

Premier Solutions of America Inc. has introduced an eco-friendly, biodegradable line of paint strippers and rust removers for industrial and aviation use.


Cr(VI) in Brockovich Case Spreads

A poisonous plume of Hexavalent Chromium-laced groundwater is still spreading near Hinkley, CA, violating a long-standing order for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to clean up the contam...


U. of Akron Pioneers Degree, Research in Corrosion Engineering

The road to many of tomorrow’s protective coatings now begins in Ohio, where the University of Akron has launched the nation’s first undergraduate degree in Corrosion Engineering and Reliabi...


Pipeline Coating Called Self-Healing

Kleiss & Co., manufacturer and distributor of pipeline equipment, has introduced VISCOTAQ, billed as a “smart” coating for the protection of underground and aboveground substrates against co...


Chevron Faces $423K Fine for Pipeline Spill

The federal government has proposed a $423,600 fine against Chevron Pipe Line Co., citing inadequate corrosion control, pipeline protection and other failures for the release of 800 barrels ...


Drilling of Decaying Monument to Begin

Contractors will soon begin drilling into the steel-and-concrete Gateway Arch in St. Louis to create monitoring ports and obtain core samples as authorities deepen their study of the growing...


Shutdown of Mississippi River Bridge Extended

Just days after the City of Minneapolis temporarily closed one of its Mississippi River bridges to inspect a corrosion problem, the city has decided to keep the bridge closed all winter.


Remote Tank Corrosion Imaging Unit Wins Patent

A newly patented video camera-and-software system allows remote, safe inspection and analysis of corrosion in tank liners and other caustic environments, the inventors say.


Report: Corrosion Endangers AK Pipelines

Several years after corrosion caused pipeline leaks and spills near Prudhoe Bay, corrosion remains the No. 1 threat to Alaska’s flow lines—“aging infrastructure” that “warrants heightened mo...


Corrosion Shuts Down Minneapolis Bridge

Three years after one of its Mississippi River bridges collapsed, killing 13 people, the City of Minneapolis has closed another bridge over the river due to corrosion.


Nanocontainers Boost Corrosion Protection

Dispersions of nanocontainers loaded with corrosion inhibitors can boost corrosion protection, whether applied to bare metallic substrates or incorporated into coatings, researchers have fou...


Report: Corroded Iraqi Pipelines Near Failure

Oil pipelines in Southern Iraq are severely corroded and at risk of failing any time, according to U.S. technical assessments reported by two news agencies that cover the global energy and o...


Pipeline Coatings Makers Face Historic Demands

Increasingly hostile new pipeline environments and decaying multinational systems will lead the critical challenges under discussion when coatings and linings manufacturers, researchers and ...


Non-Destructive Inspection Process Gets Patent

Concurrent Technologies Corp. has been awarded a patent for a technique to detect corrosion under paint on military and commercial aircraft and other vehicles, the organization has announced...


Rusting Monument Had No Cleaning, Coating Plan

Protective coatings were never applied to the now-rusting stainless-steel exterior of the St. Louis Gateway Arch because planners considered the 630-foot monument impervious to corrosion.


Study to Probe Rusting Gateway Arch

The National Park Service has commissioned a structural study of the St. Louis Gateway Arch—the nation’s tallest monument—following reports that the steel structure is showing corrosion.


 
 
   

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