Saturday, March 26, 2011

Current Discussion in our Network: Development of a new chemical process industry accident database to assist in past accident analysis

Information on about 8000 accidents, available in different open-source clearing houses has been bought into a new database named PUPAD (Pondicherry University Process-industry Accident Database).

Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries; Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript

Current Discussion in Our Network: Green Corrosion Inhibitor Development using Plant Extracts

Inhibitory action of aqueous coffee ground extracts on the corrosion of carbon steel in HCl solution

ScienceDirect - Corrosion Science : Inhibitory action of aqueous coffee ground extracts on the corrosion of carbon steel in HCl solution

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sea salt may be hampering Japan nuclear recovery - tech - 24 March 2011 - New Scientist

Sea salt may be hampering Japan nuclear recovery - tech - 24 March 2011 - New Scientist


Andrew Sherry of the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester, UK, told New Scientist that two additional problems might arise.
One is that salt deposits may be clogging up pipes, pumps and valves in the cooling systems, preventing them from functioning properly once power is restored.
"It's going to restrict flow, there's no doubt about that," says Sherry. "Whether it leads to problems restarting the pumps and opening valves, I don't know."
The second is that chloride in the salt may be creating holes in the outer zirconium oxide layer of the fuel rods' zirconium alloy cladding. This "corrosion pitting" could potentially eat right down to the radioactive fuel, forming holes and cracks that would allow volatile radioactive elements to escape.

Sea salt may be hampering Japan nuclear recovery - tech - 24 March 2011 - New Scientist

Sea salt may be hampering Japan nuclear recovery - tech - 24 March 2011 - New Scientist

Andrew Sherry of the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester, UK, told New Scientist that two additional problems might arise.

One is that salt deposits may be clogging up pipes, pumps and valves in the cooling systems, preventing them from functioning properly once power is restored.

"It's going to restrict flow, there's no doubt about that," says Sherry. "Whether it leads to problems restarting the pumps and opening valves, I don't know."

The second is that chloride in the salt may be creating holes in the outer zirconium oxide layer of the fuel rods' zirconium alloy cladding. This "corrosion pitting" could potentially eat right down to the radioactive fuel, forming holes and cracks that would allow volatile radioactive elements to escape.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Current Discussion in our Network: Inhibition of Corrosion of Carbon Steel in LiBr (Lithium Bromide), a heavy brine used in absorption heat transformers.

Discussion Posted by Satendra Kumar • Is there any one can suggest the use of different types of Inhibitor to protect MS in LiBr solution...


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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Overhaul of Water Injection North (WIN) platform at ONGC-Mumbai High field, India.

ONGC has awarded Leighton Contractors India refurbishment work for the Water Injection North (WIN) platform at Mumbai High field. The $141-million contract involves overhauling process and utility equipment at the 25-year old platform. Leighton will perform the work on an EPC basis, removing equipment, piping, valves, instrumentation, controls and electrical facilities, and installing new, more modern systems for treatment of sea water and injection of treated water at 320,000 b/d.


Facilities being upgraded include sea water lift pumps, injection pumps, fire water pumps, fuel gas conditioning systems, filtration systems, treatment systems, and the distributed control system. This is Leighton’s third offshore project for ONGC, the others being the PRP2 and G1-GS15 projects. Work is due to be completed in March 2012.

Article Source: Offshore-mag.com
Publication Date: Mar 3, 2011
http://www.offshore-mag.com/index/article-display/6817552564/articles/offshore/equipment-engineering/asia-pacific/2011/March/leighton-to_overhaul.html?cmpid=EnlOSAsiaMarch152011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Report on Tar Sands Pipeline Safety Risks by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), USA

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), USA says Tar sands crude oil pipeline companies may be putting America’s public safety at risk. The report http://www.nrdc.org/energy/files/tarsandssafetyrisks.pdf recommends improvement of spill response planning for DilBit pipelines.

Increasingly, pipelines transporting tar sands crude oil into the United States are carrying diluted bitumen or "DilBit" -- a highly corrosive, acidic, and potentially unstable blend of thick raw bitumen and volatile natural gas liquid condensate -- raising risks of spills and damage to communities along their paths.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Facility Revamp Program planned by ONGC, a major oil and gas producer in India.

ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) expects to float tenders for the Rs 8,000 crore surface facility revamp programme in its three onshore assets in Gujarat. The three mature assets — Mehsana, Ahmedabad and Ankleswar — contribute a little over one fifth of ONGC's total domestic crude production of 27 million tonne (including the equity-oil contributions from joint ventures in India).
The project is aimed at replacing the old pipelines and other surface infrastructure in the next three years. “Some of these pipelines are
three to four decades old and leakages are common, leading to operational as well as environmental concerns,” the official said.

ONGC is at present commissioning a similar project worth Rs 2,500 crore to revamp the surface infrastructure in oilfields in Assam.

Article Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/article1200456.ece

Publication Date: 9 Feb 2011  

Friday, March 11, 2011

Anti-corrosive Features of New Petrol Engine designed by the General Motors in India

1.2-liter SMARTECH petrol engine has been designed by the General Motors in India to meet out the challenges from Indian road conditions, environment and traffic conditions. Epoxy coated cylinder block and Stainless steel core plugs are the anti-corrosive features of this engine.

Article Source: http://indianautosblog.com/2011/01/chevrolet-beat-smartech#ixzz1GIWypc6W

Publication Date: 27 Jan 2011.

 

Negligence of corrosion resulted in hefty fine by the State Pollution Control Agency in the US.


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has assessed a sugar beet plant a $50,400 civil penalty for air quality and storage tank violations. Inspectors also found violations of storage tank requirements. Those included late and missing tank inspections, corrosion on steel tanks and piping, and unreported leaks and spills of beet juice.

Article Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-06/minn-cites-air-violations-at-sugar-beet-plant.html
Publication Date: 06 Jan 2011.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Worldwide Oil Spills: A pipeline rupture in Iran has caused a 20-kilometre oil slick along the shores of the Gulf

The spill was caused by an explosion in a corroded pipeline at the port city of Daylam in Bushehr province, Mehr said. Some 40 percent of the world's traded crude oil passes through the Gulf and oil extraction and conflicts have posed a significant threat to the marine environment.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/06/us-iran-oil-slick-idUSTRE71513W20110206

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Collaboration develops and expands our knowlege-base required for Technology Innovation in Corrosion Science and Engineering

Quote from the developments in Japan.
Many industrial accidents that have occurred after 2001 in Japan led the positive growth of industry-research collaboration to find scientific solutions for corrosion problems. Governmental research projects have been started to prevent industrial accidents in CPIs in terms of technical and business developments in the last two years. One such effort is the “Development of Highly Qualified Maintenance Technology & Business Models in CPIs and Bridges” study, supported by METI. Another activity is the work of the “Risk Based Maintenance in CPIs” committee, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MECSST). Both activities have been carried out through collaboration among industries, universities and national institutes (Source: Paper No. 06211, NACE Annual Conference 2006).

Our country is yet to develop programs like Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) to address the materials and corrosion concerns with specific reference to our Indian operating conditions. Experience gathered from outside sources could be taken as valuable guidelines to enumerate the importance of such studies and initiate JIPs. A school of thought continues to live with our Indian industries that Research community, especially the government owned scientific and industrial research laboratories, do not effectively utilize the research and technical capabilities to deal with the real world conditions (Source: http://corrosionsurveyinindia.wordpress.com/our-publications/ ).

India Inc is now looking for innovation in many fields. Positive growth is noticed for funding innovations through various schemes. Our network has a pool of cross-domain experts/researchers/academic/industries professionals who can develop innovative programs in corrosion science and engineering applicable for Indian operating conditions.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Stainless Steel Pipes for Drinking Water System in Tamilnadu

The Tamil Nadu water supply and drainage (TW-AD) board has awarded work orders to India-based IVRCL Infrastructures & Projects Limited to lay stainless steel leak-proof pipes from Madam to Uthangarai in Tamil Nadu state, India.

The project, aimed at providing drinking water to 30 lakh people at a cost of INR19.28 billion ($428.8 million), commenced in 2009 after several delays. The current contract is Package II out of five packages planned for the project. IVRCL had also secured Package I of the project.

http://public.worldconstructionindustrynetwork.com/news/ivrcl_secures_70_million_pipeline_project_in_india_110303/

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