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  • 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.

  • August 8, 2018

    Last month, we published a blog titled Accelerated System Corrosion Testing with Calcium Silicate and Perlite Insulations.  The blog reviewed the developing NACE TG 516 protocol and results from the accelerated corrosion testing that Johns Manville completed on a pipe assembly insulated with our Thermo-1200™ and Sproule WR-1200® rigid insulation products. 

  • August 8, 2018

    Corrosion impacts our society on a daily basis. Automobiles, buildings, infrastructure, appliances and energy distribution systems are examples of some of the components negatively affected by this phenomena.

    Corrosion is defined as the deterioration of a material as a result of chemical reactions between it and the surrounding environment. Although corrosion affects a variety of materials including polymers and ceramics, the term is most often associated with the degradation of metals.

  • August 8, 2018

    Annually, the impacts of corroding materials cost the global economy over $1 trillion. Some alloys are exposed to extreme temperatures and stress, causing the formation of an oxide film, which in turn accelerates the breakdown of the alloys.

  • August 8, 2018

    We have all experienced corrosion in the form of rusting bridges, road salt corroding aluminum wheels and rusting our vehicles. These same corrosion processes occur in power distribution equipment, especially in offshore or near-shore locations, with the potential for causing catastrophic failures. Corrosion is a naturally occurring process that affects virtually all metals, though at different rates.

  • July 11, 2018

    Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a concern that industrial owners, engineers, and contractors spend a great deal of time managing every day.  As a leader in the industrial insulation market, Johns Manville conducts corrosion-based testing to provide the industry with the information they need to make decisions.  Johns Manville conducts tests using industry-accepted laboratory-scale ASTM protocols, as well as tests under simulated “real-world” environmental and installation conditions.  One of these “real-world” accelerated tests is being finalized into a protocol by NACE Tas

  • July 11, 2018

    Corrosion is a major challenge and essential risk to contain for any oil and gas operator. Loss of containment can mean loss of process, loss of revenue, expensive repairs and – most importantly – a potentially major safety hazard. But while a breach in a cross-country pipeline can be a major incident and environmental risk, it’s another matter downstream. Different plant and processes are tightly packed together, with all manner of hydrocarbons and other combustible fluids boiling, cooling or flowing. Workers dart in-between, never more than a few dozen feet from a potential corrosion risk.

  • July 11, 2018

    The nuclear, renewable-energy and construction sectors also spend a fortune monitoring corrosion that is hidden under insulation.

    For the offshore sector, corrosion under insulation (CUI) on pipelines and other infrastructure is estimated to cost about £3.5 billion a year.

    Current practice relies on periodic removal of insulation in selected areas to check visually for problems – but that could be about to change.

  • July 11, 2018

    As we discussed in our previous article, corrosion under insulation (CUI) is one of the most difficult corrosion processes to prevent. The reason for that is, by and large, no matter the precautions taken, water invariably seeps into the insulation and begins its dirty work—sometimes unseen until process leakage occurs. Data shows that about 60% of pipe leaks are caused by CUI. That’s not good.