Corrosion and flow assurance


Institute of Functional Surfaces research

Comprehensive testing facilities have been developed to model or simulate field environments. These facilities are supported with state of the art surface analysis techniques.

  • H2S low pressure facility (with current focus on high temperature, high pressure dynamic facility)
  • Single or multiphase jet impingement system with in situ electrochemistry and acoustic emission
  • In-situ visualisation rig for the study of pit initiation and corrosion product growth
  • In-situ synchrotron XRD and electrochemical flow cell for high temperature and pressure
  • Standard bubble cell testing equipment
  • Top of line corrosion cells and rigs
  • Bubble cell/jar test to assess combined products for corrosion/scale mitigation
  • Benchtop multiphase flow loop to for field simulation and CFD modelling with in situ electrochemistry and acoustic emission
  • Under-deposit test cells
  • Autoclaves for high temperature and high pressure testing (up to 250°C and 200 bar)
  • Thin-channel flow cells for controlled hydrodynamic evaluation
  • Once-through flow cells for controlled chemistry experiments
  • Rotating cylinder electrodes.

Our laboratory techniques range from bespoke systems designed and built in the institute and standard advanced surface analysis:

  • In-situ visualisation rig
  • HT/HP autoclaves
  • HT/HP capillary cells
  • Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Micro Balance (EQCMB)
  • In-situ Raman cell for capillary analysis
  • Bulk jar test facilities.

Surface analysis techniques are an integral part of surface design and iFS labs are well-equipped to support efficient use of the coatings platform, including Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscope, Fourier Transform Infra Red, Nano-indentation and Raman spectroscopy.