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Corrosion Research Center
 
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In a state which has a large industrial base and many miles of seashore, it is important that a corrosion center be available to provide the research and education necessary to solve practical corrosion problems.

Example of CorrosionThe UL Lafayette Corrosion Research Center, established in November 1985, consists of a diversified group of engineers and scientists who are available to provide a multi disciplinary approach to solving corrosion related problems. Since 1985, the center has procured nearly 2 million dollars in sponsored Industrial and Federal research funds. The State Equipment Enhancement Fund has produced $750,000 for procurement of corrosion related equipment. The center has a variety of corrosion related equipment and computers which makes it uniquely qualified to perform corrosion research in the following areas:
  1. Modeling of corrosion processes
  2. Evaluation of coatings
  3. Application of internal cathodic protection
  4. Galvanic and localized corrosion studies
  5. Inhibitors - functionality and laboratory testing
  6. Studies related to corrosion scales
  7. Corrosion properties of high alloy materials in various environments
  8. Development of methods of monitoring corrosion rates in the laboratory and the field
Perhaps the most successful corrosion project undertaken by the center has been the development of the UL Lafayette Corrosion Prediction Model for Gas Condensate Wells. This model has produced international exposure and has fourteen industrial consortium sponsors. Recently, an Oil Well Corrosion Model was developed, which is being evaluated by the oil industry.

The technical expertise developed by members of the Corrosion Center has allowed the development of training programs through the UL Lafayette Petroleum Training Service. This program offers corrosion courses leading to certification as an "Oilfield Corrosion Technologist" and an "Oilfield Corrosion Specialist".
 

Document last revised Tuesday, April 27, 2004 5:04 PM

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