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Title: Evaluation of Zinc-Coated Ductile Iron Pipe

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) received $1m in funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in order to evaluate the performance of zinc-coated ductile iron pipe (DIP) in highly- and severely-corrosive soils. The project started in May 2016 and a final report will be issued March 31, 2017. The project is being led by the Corrosion Science and Technology Group in the Materials Science and Technology Division at ORNL. This interim report is based on the work performed by an ORNL multidisciplinary team in the last two months. The project has been broken down into four tasks. The first task is to characterize commercially available DIP. Specimens from the three major U.S. DIP manufacturers were purchased for this study via third party vendors and are being characterized. The second task is to evaluate available data on DIP corrosion in soils. The largest data set was collected by the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) from 1910-1952 and included 95 different kinds of soil at 128 sites across the country. Because of the large amount of data and limited agreement on what defines “corrosive” soil, staff from the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division have been consulted and are currently analyzing themore » data using existing algorithms to look for trends between the corrosion rates and the various soil characteristics such as resistivity and pH. The third task is to develop a long-term test plan to evaluate DIP and the fourth task is to develop an accelerated test procedure to reduce the time required to evaluate soil corrosion by 1-2 orders of magnitude. By developing a better understanding of what makes a soil corrosive, including the chemical and physical properties, it may be possible to model the long-term behavior of DIP. A full report on the work will be submitted by the March 2017 deadline. It appears that a sustained, multi-year effort in this area would be of great benefit to the Bureau of Reclamation, to the DIP industry and to the country, which is facing challenges with its infrastructure.« less
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Nuclear Science User Facility (NSUF)
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United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE Ductile Iron Pipe; Corrosion; Soil