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A new corrosion sensor developed by IFM researchers offers a way to prevent dangerous corrosion in underground pipelines.
Professor Maria Forsyth wins Corrosion Medal.
Important new research projects in the pipeline, says Professor Mike Tan.
Dr Timothy Khoo
Strategy and Industry Engagement
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Corrosion is one of the leading causes of failures in onshore transmission pipelines. It is a threat to gas distribution mains and services, as well as oil and gas gathering systems.
As a major partner in the Energy Pipeline CRC, our research focuses on determining the mechanisms of failure and methods of prevention. Our efforts centre on four areas of pipeline corrosion research:
Projects involve developing sensors and detection methods for corrosion in locations that are difficult to access - such as enclosed areas, and under coatings and insulation. Better detection methods will help assessment engineers to determine the extent and causes of corrosion. A major part of this work involves collecting the monitored data and using it for laboratory simulations and modelling to assist in lifetime prediction of the pipelines.
Other projects investigate the effect of telluric and traction (railway) currents on cathodic protection methods. These currents have a detrimental effect on our protection systems, and by quantifying their influence, we are able to develop improved cathodic protection regimes to better mitigate pipeline corrosion.
Together these projects aim to improve energy pipeline industry inspection, repair and maintenance practices and to inform the relevant Australian standards.
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