Oilfield Corrosion Science and Engineering

What will I learn?
On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the two main classes of environments conducive to aqueous degradation in oil and gas production; carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide internal corrosion.
  • Understand the various mechanisms leading to general and localised corrosion such as microbial influenced, underdeposit, galvanic and mechanically activated corrosion, amongst others.
  • Select appropriate laboratory equipment, testing methodologies and in situ/ex situ techniques for corrosion/surface analysis and/or corrosion inhibitor assessment, as well as identify the advantages and disadvantages of such equipment and techniques.
  • Understand how laboratory and field based techniques can be best linked, with an appreciation for laboratory equipment limitations and how these can be addressed.

How will I benefit?
This course will provide an overview of the most pertinent corrosion threats to production and processing facilities within the oil and gas industry. You will benefit from academic and industrial presentations, demonstrations, theory sessions and interactive sessions, allowing you to better engage with experts when needed.

At the end, you will be able to identify the various forms of corrosion damage and the best corresponding control, monitoring and mitigating techniques.

This course is kindly supported by Ivium Technologies

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A two-day theoretical and technical course involving demonstrations, theory and interactive sessions covered by experienced academics and renowned guest speakers.

Day 1
The first day will present the basic theory of aqueous corrosion with an emphasis on the two most commonly observed environments in oil and gas: sour (H2S) and sweet (CO2) corrosion. A demonstration tour and interactive session will provide information on numerous corrosion measurement techniques and their
associated advantages and disadvantages.

Guest speaker Professor Bijan Kermani will discuss the complexities in linking laboratory-based techniques to the field. Finally, the mechanisms of mechanically activated corrosion, alongside erosion-corrosion, external corrosion and galvanic corrosion will also be discussed.

Day 2
An emphasis on the solution analysis and surface characterisation techniques (both in situ and ex situ) available for understanding corrosion processes is provided on the second day. Alongside these aspects, an in-depth description of pitting and localised corrosion, the continuously growing microbially induced corrosion threat, and corrosion in extreme environments (high temperature and high pressure) is provided. A second demonstration tour and interactive session will help better understand the commonly used corrosion mitigation techniques alongside assessment of their effectiveness.

Guest speaker Mr Trevor Hughes will discuss the the concept and challenges of chemical inhibition in oil and gas systems. Complementary surface analyses techniques such as microscopy and tomography and how these can help identify and characterise corrosion attack will be described.

During the course talks and interactive sessions, there will be an opportunity to discuss individual challenges with experts in the field as speakers will be present during the whole event duration.
 

Who should attend?
This course is suitable for you if you are:

  • Oil and gas operators, managers of operations, engineering and maintenance functions or asset integrity engineers.
  • Engineers and scientists working in the oilfield industry, whether involved in downhole systems, above-ground storage tanks or production pipelines.
  • Design and maintenance engineers or technical staff involved in both offshore and onshore oil and gas activities. 
  • Scientists or chemical engineers /suppliers who would value a deeper understanding of how corrosion science and theory can be applied to better understand and solve real industrial corrosion problems.
  • Engineers or designers involved in the supply of metals and alloys or corrosion inhibitors for oilfield corrosion environments.

Course Directors:

Dr Richard Barker, 
Research Fellow in Oil and Gas Corrosion,
Institute of Functional Surfaces (iFS), School of Mechanical Engineering

Dr Wassim Taleb
Research Fellow in Oil and Gas Corrosion,
Institute of Functional Surfaces (iFS), School of Mechanical Engineering

Guest speakers:

Professor Anne Neville OBE FREng FRSE is the Royal Academy of Engineering's Chair in Emerging Technologies and a Professor of Tribology and Surface Engineering, University of Leeds

Mr Trevor Hughes, Schlumberger Cambridge Research
Prof. Bijan Kermani, School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds

Dr Richard Barker, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Dr Michael Bryant, School,of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Dr Daniel Burkle, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Dr Yong Hua, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Dr Adriana Matamoros Veloza, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Mr Stuart Micklethwaite, School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds
Dr Joshua Owen, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Dr Frederick Pessu, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Dr Sadegh Nadimi Shahraki, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Dr Wassim Taleb, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

This course is kindly supported by Ivium Technologies

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£750 (2-day course)

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches and light refreshments
  • course dinner on Tuesday evening

Course fees are VAT exempt

Faculty of Engineering
University of Leeds
Leeds
LS2 9JT

Detailed directions (including the exact location for the course registration and presentation room) will be sent out with the delegate joining instructions.

How to find us

You’re responsible for organising your own evening meals and accommodation, except on Tuesday when the course dinner is included. A list of hotels close to the University is available and will be provided with your course joining instructions.

Katie Warner
Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Leeds,
Leeds
LS2 9JT

T: 0113 343 8104 

E: cpd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk