Corrosion Failure Analysis


 Electrochemical corrosion of ferrous metals is a natural process driven by the energy infused in the metal during refinement. The moment it is installed in an electrolyte, such as soil or water, the refined metal begins the approach to its equilibrium state by emitting its energy through the corrosion reaction. Many factors can adversely affect the rate of this reaction often leading to the failure of a structure’s integrity and resulting in property damage, personal injury and even death.

corrosion diagram

McDowell Owens offers corrosion engineering services to investigate and determine the cause of a failure. Our specialty areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Corrosion Control of Onshore and Offshore Pressure Vessels, Pipelines & Storage Tanks
  • Impressed Current and Sacrificial Cathodic Protection Systems
  • Condition Assessments of Metallic Structures
  • Coating Systems and Applications
  • Alternating Current (AC) Interference, Corrosion & Mitigation
  • Stray Current Interference Analysis
  • Concrete Structures
  • Marine Applications
  • Mixed Metal Systems

Our corrosion experts are certified by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International, an industry leader in corrosion control. We have a strong track record of providing exceptional corrosion consulting services in the following sectors:

  • Oil & Gas Generation, Storage, Transmission and Distribution
  • Municipal Water & Wastewater
  • Energy & Nuclear
  • Federal & State Governments