ACID OIL AND GAS CAPABILITIES

ACID connects industry with Australia’s leading researchers and facilities for infrastructure durability to develop new solutions, technology and educational programs for:

  • Smarter maintenance through advanced health monitoring/ predictive models
  • More proactive and enhanced mitigation of deterioration
  • Advanced materials to maximise the life of new infrastructure

Smarter maintenance through advanced health monitoring/ predictive modelling

  • Sensors to detect and monitor degradation
  • Predictive modelling of deterioration (e.g. time-to-damage)
  • Proactive maintenance through improved decision making
  • Intervention before significant damage occurs

More proactive and enhanced mitigation of deterioration

  • Protective coatings and polymers applied to new and existing infrastructure
  • Corrosion control (e.g. cathodic protection)
  • Proactive maintenance (intervening before significant damage occurs)

Advanced materials to maximise the life of new infrastructure

  • Alloys and new metals
  • Polymers and polymer composites
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Corrosion inhibitors
  • Surface treatments
  • Materials for specific exposures (e.g. high temperature corrosion resistant alloys)

We address durability across a broad range of engineering materials (steels, alloys and new metals, polymers, polymer composites and plastics, reinforced concrete) and provide research support for specific exposures (e.g. high temperature corrosion resistant alloys).

The range of durability expertise includes engineering materials functioning within a broad range of service conditions; in-situ health monitoring interfaced with predictive models and decision support; and protection solutions for the following built infrastructure types:

  • Production (downhole pipelines, casings, platforms, gas and water generators; and surface wellheads, pipelines, and separators) located offshore and onshore
  • Transportation (oil and gas pipelines, tanker ships)
  • Refining (crude distillation, catalytic reforming and distillate hydrotreating units, alkyl plants, gas processing, process lines, desalters, storage vessels and pipelines)
  • Distribution (transmission pipelines, transport infrastructure)
  • Waste management (storage and retention, engineered barriers)

Expertise

  • Pipeline corrosion and prevention
  • Exposure microclimates and assessment of corrosive loadings
  • Corrosion under insulation
  • Top of the line corrosion
  • High temperature corrosion resistance
  • Sweet and Sour corrosion
  • Microbiologically influenced corrosion and biocide treatments
  • Corrosion fatigue
  • Stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement
  • Wet gas corrosion
  • Stray current corrosion
  • High temperature durability of materials
  • Fatigue
  • Erosion corrosion
  • Failure analysis
  • Materials characterisation
  • Light metals & reactive metals coatings and inhibitors
  • Protective coatings and sealants
  • Polymers and polymer composites
  • Ceramics
  • Steels, metals, and new alloys
  • Waterproofing
  • Corrosion Inhibitors
  • Cathodic Protection (CP)
  • Sensing and remote monitoring
  • Predictive modelling and proactive maintenance
  • Diagnosis and risk analysis
  • Reinforced concrete (reinforcement corrosion as well as acidic/chemical attack of the concrete)
  • Structural integrity assessment, monitoring, and strengthening
  • Engineered barrier technologies
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