October 2013, Vol. 240 No. 10

TechNotes

Corrosion: Eating Oil Industry From Inside Out

In the oil and gas industry, corrosion accounts for more than 25% of failures, according to a recent NACE International report. Corroded pipe repair or replacement costs the industry more than $7 billion per year, based on estimates from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. While traditional corrosion protection has relied mostly on short-lived physically bonded coverings of substrate surfaces, these merely attempt to lengthen the time before the steel asset inevitably rusts. A new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics (CBPCs) can stop corrosion, extend equipment life, and minimize the cost and production downtime required to recoat, repair, or rep

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