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  • November 7, 2018

    Laser scanning (profilometry) is a highly effective and accurate inspection method for measuring changes in geometry of pressurized vessels, piping and pipelines. The laser scanning data is used to measure the deviations from normal geometry, such as those caused by corrosion, mechanical damage and other structural distortions. The primary goal of the laser scanning analysis is to feed highly accurate geometric data of in-service vessels and components into advanced modelling and analysis software packages.

    Click here to learn more about laser scanning to detect corrosion. 

  • November 7, 2018

    Superhydrophobic surfaces have evoked great interest in researchers for both purely academic pursuits and industrial applications. Metal corrosion is a serious problem, both economically and operationally, for engineering systems such as aircraft, automobiles, pipelines, and naval vessels.

  • October 17, 2018

    As the industrial industry evolves, new insulation technology has emerged to meet the changing needs of the industry. One of the latest introductions has been thin, blanket insulation. Thin blankets typically range between 5mm and 10mm thick, and can be used in high-temperature or cryogenic applications. Two popular thin blanket insulations are Johns Manville’s InsulThin™ HT, a hydrophobic, microporous, thin blanket insulation, and silica aerogel, a hydrophobic, aerogel, thin blanket insulation.

  • October 17, 2018

    Sixty-two billion dollars: That’s how much U.S. companies pay each year to cover expenses associated with workplace injuries, according to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.

    It’s no secret a strong workplace safety program is critical for protecting a business’s bottom line and its image as a safe-minded, healthy place to work. Occupational safety and health programs reduce expenses related to medical care, paid time off, litigation and disaster mitigation.

  • October 17, 2018

    Corrosion can have devastating effects on the integrity of structures and components. Corrosion, if not accounted for, can leave even the best designs useless by compromising the mechanical and chemical properties of many different materials. With proper consideration, however, corrosion can be limited and even prevented almost entirely. There are many different ways that the risk of corrosion can be reduced. This article highlights several of these key areas.

    Read more about crucial considerations to prevent corrosion.

  • October 17, 2018

    In the case of insulation systems, the phrase out of sight, out of mind, often applies. Most commercial insulation work and many industrial insulation systems are hard to access or are hidden in walls, ceiling areas, or spaces that are seldom seen. These rarely seen insulation systems are designed to perform quietly for many years with little maintenance, so they are often left uninspected until a major problem occurs. For most applications operating at above-ambient temperatures (especially indoors), maintenance is very minimal.

  • September 18, 2018

    Last week, we hosted CUI Test Results: Understanding the Corrosive Mechanism, a live webinar detailing the latest test results from the most recent long-term corrosion under insulation (CUI) testing. Our webinar covered the various types of corrosion, the science behind the thermodynamics of corrosion, and the latest findings from long-term corrosion research on Thermo-1200™ calcium silicate, and Sproule WR-1200® expanded perlite, and a silica aerogel blanket specimen.

  • September 18, 2018

    Galvanic corrosion (also called bimetallic corrosion) is a deteriorative electrochemical process that occurs when two dissimilar metals are in contact with each other in the presence of an electrolyte. This type of corrosion is characterized by the accelerated corrosion of one metal, while the other remains mostly unaffected. In other words, one metal becomes the anode and corrodes preferentially, thus sacrificing itself while protecting the other metal, the cathode.

  • September 18, 2018

    When it comes to corrosion under insulation (CUI), I tend to call it a "minefield," and for more than one reason. It’s not only a hidden phenomenon, but it's also one that can really come back to bite companies who don’t invest in a good CUI mitigation strategy, because sooner or later, those companies are going to get their names in the papers due to unwanted accidents, production loss and environmental damages. 

  • September 18, 2018

    Guided Wave Ultrasonic Testing (GUL), or Long Range Ultrasonic Testing (LRUT), is considered a viable screening approach for detecting CUI related problems in the oil and gas industry. Guided wave ultrasonic testing is a nondestructive inspection method in which low-frequency omnidirectional ultrasonic waves propagate along internal geometric boundaries, in order to detect corrosion. As the guided waves travel across the confined boundaries, the waves will then be reflected at areas with cross-sectional changes, identifying areas with corrosion.