Deakin University has become part of the Energy Pipelines Co-Operative Research Centre (EP-CRC).
Established in 2010 the EP-CRC carries out research and education of relevance to the energy pipeline industry in Australia.
Deakin’s research activities will be led by Associate Professor Mike Tan and Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Maria Forsyth and their corrosion team from the University’s new Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM).
They will also collaborate with Deakin’s School of Engineering.
“Deakin is thrilled to be part of the EP-CRC,” Professor Tan said.
“Its aims dovetail with a lot of the work that we are already undertaking here at Deakin with IFM.
“We have already identified a number of proposed research projects.”
- Developing a National Facility for Pipeline Coating Testing;
- Evaluating and understanding coating failure due to cracking and disbondment (a major issue in industry related to mechanical stress and electrochemical processes);
- Transient loss of cathodic protection - Phase 2 (A unsolved problem occurring worldwide.)
- Remote sensing and laboratory simulation of CP excursions, coating disbondment and localised corrosion for pipeline condition monitoring and life prediction.
“The National Facility for Pipeline Coating Testing will probably be the only one of its type in Australia and will have a vital role to play in increasing security of supply,” Professor Forsyth said.
“The transient loss of cathodic protection is a worldwide problem and one on which our team at IFM has been working in recent times.”
Cathodic protection is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface by making it the cathode of an electrochemical cell.
Common applications of cathodic protection include water and fuel pipelines, storage tanks, off-shore oil platforms and oil well casings.
The loss of that protection, either long or short term, has long been recognised as major cause of pipeline damage.