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Identifying Corrosion Threats

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Identifying Corrosion Threats

Corrosion problems can significantly impact industrial sectors worldwide, most of which are very specific to properties of old age or certain types of metallic-based equipment.

According to the Cost of Corrosion study, it was found that corrosion expenses to the transmission pipeline industry had been between $5.4 and $8.6 billion dollars on an annual basis. The damage caused by corrosion had led to ruptures and leaks that increased risks of pipeline operations that are associated with safety, health, product delivery, the environment and resulted in litigation against the pipeline operators.

In our daily lives, corrosion can affect us in both direct and indirect means. Indirectly, corrosion is passed on to consumers via goods, services, suppliers, and producers. More directly, our possessions at home can suffer from the effects of corrosion – outdoor furniture, metal tools, charcoal grills, and even the body panels of our cars are prone to corrosion on a daily basis.

Moreover, according to the data provided by the PHMSA regarding the United States pipeline, it had shown that the internal corrosion events from 1994 to 2013 had represented about 49% of gas accumulation incidents, 12% of gas transmission incidents, and 9% of all dangerous liquid incidents. Hence, these statistics identify how different liquid compositions have affected the susceptibility to internal corrosion. Moreover, crude oil and gas transmission pipelines do not usually experience water accumulations compared to gathering pipelines – therefore, they are less likely to be exposed to internal corrosion.

Controlling Corrosion

Since this has been a major dilemma that we have been facing for decades, many researchers are relentlessly working to find the ideal solution to eradicate this problem. Reza Javaherdashti – an Australian-Iranian researcher, consultant, field engineer, and trainer focused on microbiologically influenced corrosion – is one of the few individuals who have made a major impact in the field of corrosion through many of their published researched works.

Since 2000, Javaherdashti has been a Team Lead-Consultant-Educator at the Parscorrosion Consultants that are focused on organizing and conducting international workshops on microbial corrosion, including gas, oil, mining, and power generation. In 2007, he had started at a Lead Engineer position at Xodus Consulting in Western Australia to deal with the corrosion management on subsea pipelines.

During the period between 2010 and 2012, Javaherdashti had been employed by Qatar University as an Assistant Professor at Materials Technology Unit. As a researcher, he also worked at Niroo Research Institute and attended an ‘Introduction to Power generation industry and powerplants’ course that was designed by Tavanir, an Iranian power generation, and transmission company.

In addition to that, he has also written many popular research works; in 2002, he authored his first book in Persian about corrosion management, which was followed by several other papers published in internationally reputable journals as well as many webinars and workshops for diverse industries around the world. Additionally, he had also worked on possible studies that could be the ideal preventive method for corrosion, such as the possibility of using Future Studies to accommodate corrosion with a long-term management plan – a study that had been positively received by the public when it was published in 2015.

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