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Three higher education institutions are sharing $900,000 in federal funding intended to promote the development of research projects contributing to the prevention or mitigation of pipeline corrosion, including work on composite coatings.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) grants are available through its Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP) for pipeline safety research

The awards will go to North Dakota State University, Iowa State University and West Virginia University, PHMSA announced Tuesday (Oct. 4).

Investing in Innovation

“The CAAP program sponsors research projects that can be applied to real-life safety challenges,” PHMSA Administrator Marie Therese Dominguez said.

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The federal agency responsible for pipeline safety in the United states has awarded $900,000 to Iowa State University, West Virginia University and North Dakota State University to spur the development of research projects that could prevent or mitigate pipeline corrosion.

“Corrosion is one of the top causes of pipeline failures, and we’re committed to investing in innovative technologies that will strengthen our nation’s pipeline system well into the future,” she added.

North Dakota State University is collecting $300,000 for its “Development of New Multifunctional Composite Coatings for Preventing and Mitigating Internal Pipeline Corrosion” project.

This program seeks to develop and implement new high-performance multifunctional composite coatings to seek lifetime prevention or mitigation of internal pipeline corrosion.

Iowa State University is slated to receive $299,996 in support of its work on “Fundamental Mechanochemistry-based Detection of Early Stage Corrosion Degradation of Pipeline Steels.”

The school’s research aims to develop advanced detection methods to calculate the physical and mechanical changes associated with early stage stress corrosion cracking in high-strength pipeline steel.

West Virginia University will receive $299,999. Its “Glass-Polymer Composite High Pressure Pipes and Joints” program works to design manufacturing and component-system glass fiber reinforced polymer composite pipes and joints.

Funding Introductory Research

Established in 2013, the CAAP initiative has provided more than $3.9 million in research awards, and has exposed 133 students to pipeline safety as part of 26 sponsored projects. 

“PHMSA’s CAAP projects are focused on developing new innovation to solve our most pressing safety concerns,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. 

“The program introduces tomorrow’s science and engineering professionals to PHMSA’s mission, and encourages students to pursue a career in public service,” Foxx noted.

Projects developed through CAAP awards are introductory research used to further investigations in other CAAP investments or PHMSA’s core research and development program.

Past CAAP projects have focused on technological improvements aimed at specific pipeline challenges, including measuring pipe strength and toughness, detecting methane emissions, preventing corrosion, and locating plastic pipes, among other areas. 

PHMSA has also invested nearly $93 million dollars in general R&D projects that have since hit the market, among them 22 patent applications and 25 new pipeline technologies, including above-ground, radar-based pipeline mapping and a nondestructive testing method for unpiggable pipelines.


Tagged categories: Coating Materials; Colleges and Universities; Corrosion control coatings; Corrosion protection; Corrosion resistance; Department of Transportation (DOT); Funding; Government; North America; PHMSA; Pipeline; Safety

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