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The BP Asset Integrity and Corrosion (AIC) Laboratory was created through a generous gift from BP Exploration (Alaska) in an effort to support high quality corrosion research, testing, and education in Alaska.  The mission of the AIC Lab is to advance the understanding of corrosion processes through fundamental and applied research projects and to provide a pipeline of well-trained, corrosion-savvy engineers to support Alaska's strong and diverse economy. To this end, the AIC Lab endeavors to collaborate with industry, government, and university entities on corrosion-related projects relevant to:

  • Oil and gas exploration and production
  • Water and wastewater utilities
  • Aerospace coatings and structural integrity prognosis
  • Marine engineering
  • Architectural engineering
  • Chemical processing
  • Power systems

Since the completion of construction in March 2013, the AIC Lab has supported the follow:

ENGINEERING COURSES
  • Corrosion Processes and Engineering (ME A664)
  • Senior Design Projects
STUDENT PROJECTS
  • Design of a Jet Impingement test apparatus
  • Design of a constant-current source for precision electrolytic cleaning applications
RESEARCH
  • Investigation of the corrosion rates and mechanisms of carbon steel in inhibited monoethylene glycol (MEG) heat transfer systems
  • Failure analysis of grey cast iron water mains
  • Corrosion under insulation (CUI)
  • Development and calibration of novel soil resistivity probes