Underground Pipeline Corrosion

1st Edition

Editors: Mark Orazem
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857095091
eBook ISBN: 9780857099266
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 22nd January 2014
Page Count: 340
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Underground pipelines transporting liquid petroleum products and natural gas are critical components of civil infrastructure, making corrosion prevention an essential part of asset-protection strategy. Underground Pipeline Corrosion provides a basic understanding of the problems associated with corrosion detection and mitigation, and of the state of the art in corrosion prevention.

The topics covered in part one include: basic principles for corrosion in underground pipelines, AC-induced corrosion of underground pipelines, significance of corrosion in onshore oil and gas pipelines, numerical simulations for cathodic protection of pipelines, and use of corrosion inhibitors in managing corrosion in underground pipelines. The methods described in part two for detecting corrosion in underground pipelines include: magnetic flux leakage, close interval potential surveys (CIS/CIPS), Pearson surveys, in-line inspection, and use of both electrochemical and optical probes. While the emphasis is on pipelines transporting fossil fuels, the concepts apply as well to metallic pipes for delivery of water and other liquids.

Underground Pipeline Corrosion is a comprehensive resource for corrosion, materials, chemical, petroleum, and civil engineers constructing or managing both onshore and offshore pipeline assets; professionals in steel and coating companies; and academic researchers and professors with an interest in corrosion and pipeline engineering.

Key Features

  • Reviews the causes and considers the detection and prevention of corrosion to underground pipes
  • Addresses a lack of current, readily available information on the subject
  • Case studies demonstrate how corrosion is managed in the underground pipeline industry


Oil and gas pipeline operators; Water pipeline operators; Gas distribution companies; Power generation facilities, refineries, storage facilities, and any company transporting products through buried steel piping; Corrosion engineers, onshore and offshore engineers, civil engineers; Scientific and technical personnel who deal with any corrosion topic; coating companies

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Part I: Understanding and managing corrosion processes

1. Understanding corrosion in underground pipelines: basic principles


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Electrochemical corrosion: conventional current theory

1.3 Electrochemical corrosion: advanced theories

1.4 Other factors in corrosion

1.5 Reference cells

1.6 Corrosion processes affecting pipelines

1.7 Environmental cracking

1.8 Microbiologically influenced corrosion

1.9 Corrosion protection methods: coatings

1.10 Corrosion protection methods: cathodic protection (CP)

1.11 Conclusion

1.12 Sources of further information and advice

13 References

2. AC-induced corrosion of underground pipelines


2.1 Introduction

2.2 The origin of alternating voltage induced in pipelines

2.3 Electrical parameters affecting the AC-corrosion process

2.4 Harmonic analysis of AC corrosion

2.5 Cathodic protection of pipelines

2.6 Analysis of AC-corrosion products

2.7 Testing AC-corrosion processes

2.8 Conclusion

2.9 References

3. Assessing the significance of corrosion in onshore oil and gas pipelines


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Corrosion in onshore pipelines

3.3 Detecting corrosion

3.4 Preventing corrosion

3.5 Assessment of corrosion

3.6 Particular corrosion assessment methods

3.7 Particular issues in corrosion assessment

3.8 Conclusion

3.9 References

4. Numerical simulations for cathodic protection of pipelines


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Historical perspective

4.3 Model development

4.4 Model validation

4.5 Appli


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About the Editor

Mark Orazem

Mark Orazem is a Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, USA. He has developed, in collaboration with the oil and gas industry, simulation tools for cathodic protection of pipeline networks. Professor Orazem is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and a former President of the International Society of Electrochemistry.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Florida, USA