Metallurgy and Corrosion Control in Oil and Gas Production- Columbus, OH

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March 8, 2017 8:00 - March 9, 2017 4:30

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Metals are the most common materials used in oil and gas production, and corrosion is usually the limitation on how they can be used successfully. This course discusses the common metals (carbon steels and corrosion-resistant alloys) used in oil and gas production, how they are commonly specified, and the environmental degradation mechanisms (weight-loss corrosion and environmental cracking) that limit their long-term use unless the degradation is controlled. These methods include protective coatings, chemical corrosion inhibitors, and cathodic protection. Once these ideas are understood, their application to specific oil and gas equipment is discussed with emphasis on recent problems being addressed worldwide. International standards for specifying materials and for the various means of controlling corrosion on carbon steels—the most commonly-used metals in upstream oil and gas operations—are introduced.


This two-day training provides class participants with an understanding of the environmental conditions that lead to metal corrosion, environmental cracking, and other degradation mechanisms. An understanding of the principles of corrosion control in oil and gas production is provided along with brief highlights of some of the international standards used in corrosion control.
Additional material associated with case studies addressing recent problems faced by international operators is presented on the last afternoon of classes.

Students will receive
The course notes in paper and flash drive format.
A light breakfast and full lunch
Certificate of completion awarding 14 PDHs



Day 1

----Environmental damage

Chemistry of Corrosion
----Electrochemical rate-controlling reactions
----pH effects on corrosion

Corrosive Environments
----External environments
--------Atmospheric corrosion
----Internal environments
--------Crude oil
--------Natural gas
--------Corrosive gases –oxygen, CO2, and H2S
--------Microbially-influenced corrosion

Materials Used in Oil and Gas Production
----Important engineering properties
----Effects of manufacturing processes on material performance
--------Weld defects affecting performance
----Carbon steels
--------Heat treatment affects on performance
--------Hard spots
----Corrosion-resistant alloys

Forms of Corrosion
----Emphasis on pitting corrosion and environmental cracking – the two most
important degradation mechanisms
----Introduction of unique oilfield corrosion mechanisms
--------Ringworm corrosion
--------Luders band corrosion
--------Top of line corrosion
--------Wire line corrosion

Day 2

Corrosion Control
----Protective coatings
----Water treatment and corrosion inhibition
----Cathodic protection

Inspection, Monitoring, and Testing
----The differences between inspection and monitoring
----Methods used

----Hydrotesting problems
Oilfield Equipment
----Wells and wellhead equipment
----Facilities and surface equipment
----Pipelines and flowlines

Case Studies
----Discussions of problems of current interest and worldwide concern

Who Should Attend

• Engineers, chemists, inspectors, and technicians associated with specifying materials and processes for corrosion control in upstream and midstream oil and gas operations
• Managers responsible for selection of service organizations that perform construction, corrosion control (protective coatings, water treatment and corrosion inhibition, and cathodic protection), and condition inspection or corrosion monitoring operations.
• Project and facility managers concerned with system integrity and maintenance.

Event Contact
Training  Department
Event Coordinator
Phone: 713-630-0505 ext 206
Fax: 713-630-0560

Venue Information
Schottenstein Center
555 Borror Drive,
Columbus, Ohio, 43210


Robert Heidersbach, Jr.

Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering University of Florida 1971
M.E. Metallurgical Engineering University of Florida 1968
MetE. Metallurgical Engineering Colorado School of Mines 1963


2002-Present—President, Dr. Rust, Inc, Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Corrosion, metallurgy, and materials consultant for a variety of international clients including oil and gas production, aerospace equipment, military hardware, construction, litigation, and failure analysis.

1986-2002 -- Professor and Chair, Materials Engineering
Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

1981-1986 -- School of Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State
University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

1974-1981 -- Department of Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island.

1971-1974 -- Metallurgist, U. S. Army Construction Engineering
Research Laboratory (Corps of Engineers), Champaign, Illinois.
Establish and develop a corrosion research program for the Corps of Engineers. Serve as in-house consultant on the reliability of hydraulic structures, utility systems, and related support systems and structures. Develop and present short courses.

1967-1971 -- Graduate Research Assistant, University of Florida,
Gainesville, Florida.

1963-1967 -- Officer, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Germany and

Registered Professional Engineer, California
Corrosion Engineer #93, Metallurgical Engineer #1817
Accredited Corrosion Specialist, National Association of Corrosion
Engineers #1486
ABET Accreditation Visitor, Materials Engineering, 1990-2002
Visits to Arizona, Winona State, Michigan Tech, Wisconsin, MIT, Columbia, and Washington State
National Association of Corrosion Engineers
Chair, Technical Committee T3K
Corrosion of Metals in Concrete, 1973-1976
Vice-Chair, 1979-1981, Chair, 1981-1983
Group Committee T3, Corrosion Science & Technology
Chair, National Conference Program Committee, 1983-1985
Chair, Task Group T-1-3, Erosion Corrosion in Oil and Gas Production
Chair, Task Group T-3-1, Computers in Corrosion Control,
Chair, College Relations Committee, 1985-1988
NACE Fellow, recognition in 2004
SYNTHESIS Engineering Education Coalition (NSF Project)
Coordinator, Community College Educators Conferences, 2002-2003
University Materials Council
Chair, Committee on Computers in Materials Education, 1987-1989
American Institute for Chemical Engineers
Chair, Offshore Technology Conference Program Subcommittee, 1984-1986, Member of the committee, 1980-1984
Marine Corrosion Short Course, developer and instructor,1985-1989 Society of Petroleum Engineers
Introduction to Oil field Metallurgy and Corrosion Short Course,
developer and instructor, 1985-1989
Highway Research Board, National Academy of Sciences
Corrosion Committee Member, 1983-1993
American Society for Metals (ASM International)
Editor, sections on Marine Corrosion and on Anodic and Cathodic Protection, The Metals Handbook, Volume 13, Corrosion
American Society for Engineering Education, member until 2002
The Metals Society of AIME
Offshore Technology Conference Program Committee Member,
1976, 1977 and 1979
Society of Women Engineers, Cal Poly Chapter
Most supportive faculty member award, 1989
Proposal Review Panels and Site Visitor, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA

Registration: $995 through February 10, 2017
$1175 after February 10, 2017

$ 995.00 (USD)