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A Fundamental Understanding of Erosion-Corrosion of Hydrotransport Pipes in Oil Sands Slurry

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X. Tang, L. Y. Xu, Y. Frank Cheng

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paper No. IPC2008-64144, pp. 275-280; 6 pages
  • 2008 7th International Pipeline Conference
  • 2008 7th International Pipeline Conference, Volume 2
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 29–October 3, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute and the Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4858-6 | eISBN: 798-0-7918-3835-8
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Erosion-corrosion (E-C) of X-65 pipe steel was investigated in a simulated oil sand slurry through an impingement jet system. Measurements of weight-loss and potentiodynamic polarization curves combined with optical microscopy observation were performed to determine the synergism of corrosion and erosion in E-C of steel. It was found that passivity of the steel developed in static oil-water emulsion cannot be maintained in the flowing fluid due to the enhanced activity of the steel upon impingement of the emulsion/slurry. The effect of slurry impact angle on E-C of steel is complex, depending on the magnitude and synergism of shear stress and normal stress exerting on the electrode surface. There is a synergism of corrosion and erosion in E-C of steel. The contributions of corrosion and erosion to E-C rate of the steel in oil sand slurry rank approximately 30% and 70%, respectively. Erosion dominates the E-C of X-65 steel in oil sand slurry.

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