Effect of soil particle size on the corrosion behavior of natural gas pipeline

Bin He, Pengju Han, Chunhui Lu, Xiaohong Bai

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In this study, the effect of soil particle size (0.1–0.25mm, 0.6–1.0 mm) on the corrosion behavior of natural gas pipeline was investigated by electrochemical technology. The results indicated that the polarization resistance of pipeline steel decreased with decreasing particle size. For all polarization curves, the right shift of cathodic branch with decreasing particle size, suggests that the cathode oxygen reduction process is accelerated. The corrosion of steel is controlled by the process of cathode diffusion and oxygen reduction. This can be attributed to the effect of gas/liquid/solid three-phase boundary (TPB) zone on cathodic process of pipeline steel, and the corrosion rate is mainly determined by the cathodic reaction. The corrosion rate of pipeline steel increased with decreasing particle size.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19 - 30
Number of pages12
JournalEngineering Failure Analysis
Issue numberP1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015


  • Sandy soil corrosion
  • Particle size
  • West–east natural gas pipeline
  • Gas/liquid/solid three-phase boundary (TPB)
  • Zone

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