Weekly Poll (10)


The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration recently announced a final rule to strengthen the safety and environmental protection of more than 300,000 miles of onshore gas transmission pipelines. Do you believe these changes will further prevent tragedies like the San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010?


Between barrier protection, inhibitive protection or sacrificial/galvanic protection, do you believe one form of corrosion protection on steel is superior to the others?


One corrosion-prevention company has coated a bridge in Croatia with technology that will allegedly give the bridge a service life of 130 years. Do you believe corrosion-protection technology could extend a bridge’s life by over a century?


Following the destruction of Hurricanes Ike and Harvey, Texas submitted plans for coastal spines as protection. Do you believe this $12 billion plan, which includes a system of levees and sea gates, will provide enough protection against future weather?


Researchers from the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science announced the development of a new coating strategy for semiconductors that provides corrosion protection, improves efficiency and could even lower the cost of solar fuel production by producing solar fuels when semiconductors are illuminated. However, the illumination process is prone to corrosion and could lead to the need for frequent materials replacement. Do you believe a more sustainable form of corrosion protection, such as the one developed by Yale researchers, is adaptable on a larger scale?


In Dodge v. People’s Trust Insurance Company, 2021 WL 2217299 (4th DCA Jun. 2, 2021), a Florida court ruled that rust and corrosion of water pipes is considered an “act of nature.” While corrosion is inherently a natural process, do you believe within the context of deterioration of cast iron pipes under a home, that it is in fact:


Last month, engineers from RMIT University announced the development of an eco-friendly, zero-cement concrete that can withstand corrosive acidic environments, commonly observed in wastewater infrastructure. How long until you think the material is commercially available?


Recently, researchers from Kazan Federal University published a paper detailing how sunflower oil could be useful in corrosion prevention. In the study, the multifunctional oil-inhibitor proved successful in protecting surfaces against gas hydrates and pipeline corrosion. Could you see the biodegradable oil being used in future corrosion protection practices?


In August, researchers based out of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India, announced the development of a new way to protect ships from corrosion using a compound from mango leaves. Though further testing still needs to be conducted, do you think the technology will be used in future industrial coating products?


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, external corrosion was the culprit that caused an offshore pipeline to spill roughly 140,000 gallons of crude oil into Refugio State Beach, California. Do you think a better inspection system could be implemented to prevent these types of ocean-based hazards?


 
 
   

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