Q&A with our Corrosion Experts

Corrosion prevention is a complicated business. We've compiled a list of corrosion experts to tackle the issues surrounding corrosion prevention, inspection and other industry topics.

Featured Corrosion Experts

Ames Kulprathipanja

New Product Development & Innovation Leader, Johns Manville

Ames Kulprathipanja is the Innovation Leader for the Insulation Systems business unit of Johns Manville as well as the Technology Leader for the Industrial Insulations Group. He is responsible for understanding the emerging needs of owners, engineers, and contractors and developing new products for the insulation market. He also leads the technology group for industrial products including technical service and core product support. Ames has spent the majority of his professional career in the residential, commercial, OEM, and industrial insulation industry. Ames has a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder and worked on various energy technologies including thermal management of complete fuel cell and gas-to-liquid fuel systems before joining Johns Manville.

Andry Soetiawan

Material and Corrosion Consultant

Andry Soetiawan is an independent material and corrosion consultant with 14 years of experience working across a broad range of the industry value chain, from materials manufacturing and consulting, to end users. As a regular author, Andry writes simple yet in-depth columns to share his own observations and experiences with other engineers about corrosion.

Michael Pfeifer

Principal Consultant and Trainer for Industrial Metallurgists, LLC

Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., P.E. is Principal Consultant and Trainer for Industrial Metallurgists, LLC. He provides metallurgy training and metallurgical engineering consulting to companies involved with product development and manufacturing. He has over 20 years of experience working on failure analysis, root cause analysis, product design, cost reduction, and quality improvement for a wide variety of products and materials. Michael has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and is a professional engineer licensed in Illinois. He is also the author of the book Materials Enabled Designs: The Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Design and Manufacturing.

Q&As

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We often use the term "rust" to mean corrosion, but these two terms do not mean the same thing.Distinguishing between Rust and CorrosionRust is a coating that occurs on the surface of iron...
Airless sprayers work by pumping high-pressure paints or coatings through a hose to the nozzle of the spray gun. As the paint is forced through the tip of the nozzle, it gets broken up (atomized)...
Answered by: Wade Hannon
Area Sales Manager, Specialty Products at GRACO Inc.
Applying a protective coating to metallic surfaces is the most effective method to mitigate corrosion damage. According to a National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) report, more than $100...
Answered by: Mehdi Yari
Electrochemistry and Corrosion Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario
Editor's note: this question was answered in The Use of Insulation Coatings for Burn Protection, a Webinar from Corrosionpedia. See more on our Webinar page.When it pertains to temperature limits...
Editor's note: this question was answered in The Use of Insulation Coatings for Burn Protection, a Webinar from Corrosionpedia. See more on our Webinar page.Thermal insulation coatings (also...
Absolutely. Corrosion under insulation (CUI) can be a serious issue for pipes and process equipment covered with thermal insulation. The corrosion range has kind of been established from 100 to...
Thank you very much for your inquiry. We get questions like this all the time, and they are far more complex than most people realize.First, to be clear, we are consultants who do this for a living....
Answered by: Warren Brand
Owner, Chicago Corrosion Group and W Brand Consulting
Flash rust is defined as the corrosion that occurs on the surface of a metal shortly after any wet method of surface preparation. This type of rusting typically occurs within minutes after cleaning...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
Xylan is an industrial dry film lubricant consisting primarily of one or more fluoropolymers including polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) (Figure 1), perfluoroalkoxy alkane (PFA) and fluorinated ethylene...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
The short answer to this question is yes.The presence of soluble salts, particularly sulfates and chlorides, at the paint/hull interface can have detrimental effects on the integrity of the coating...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
In the wake of the recent COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic, many companies have been forced to close their doors as governments around the world seek to "flatten the curve." By...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
The COVID-19 coronavirus is a worldwide concern affecting all of us, including those in the corrosion prevention and protective coatings industries. As many employees and contractors are forced to...
Answered by: John Priebe
Editor
Ultrasonic is a term used to describe the range of sound waves that possess frequencies higher than that of audible human hearing. Ultrasonic testing (UT), therefore, involves using these sound waves...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
Modern industrial processes continue to place heavy demands on tools, equipment and structures. As a result, the protective coatings used to shield these assets must be able to maintain their...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
There is no shortage of options when it comes to concrete floor coatings, which are generally used to protect concrete floors from excessive wear and damage. Two of the most popular types of floor...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
The short to the question is, yes. Zinc does rust. Like all metals, zinc corrodes when exposed to air and moisture. However, this element does not rust like most other metals.Iron, for example,...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
It is essential to perform regular inspections on pressure equipment to ensure that their mechanical and structural integrity meet safety and performance standards. Traditionally, internal visual...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
A corrosion rate conversion is a technique to change the measurement units of a given corrosion rate to another unit for comparison purposes or a specific engineering application. When converting a...
Answered by: Osvaldo Mejia
Sr. Pipeline Integrity Engineer at Petroleum Development Oman
Laser scanning (profilometry) is a relatively new technique used for nondestructive testing and evaluation of numerous structures. It involves using laser technology to capture the three-dimensional...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
Self-healing metal oxide is a term used to describe a special category of metal oxides that are known to exhibit extraordinary corrosion resistance. This term was coined by academics at the...
Answered by: Krystal Nanan
Civil Engineer
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