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Project Information


Corrosion of Buried Steel at New and In-Service Infrastructure


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a study that will solicit input from the geotechnical and civil engineering and materials sciences technical communities to critically examine the state of knowledge and technical issues regarding the corrosion of steel used in earth applications (e.g., for ground stabilization, pipelines, and infrastructure foundations) and subsurface environments (e.g., unconsolidated earth or rock in different geologic settings). The study committee will
  • Summarize the primary mechanisms for corrosion of bare or coated steel buried within earth materials under different geologic conditions;
  • Assess the current state of practice for characterizing native and constructed earth and the subsurface environment for properties that contribute to or influence corrosion and corrosion rates; and
  • Assess the use, efficacy, and uncertainties associated with methods for predicting, identifying, and monitoring corrosion of steel in earth materials for new and at in-service facilities.
The study will include a workshop on field, laboratory, and modeling methods for characterizing corrosion of steel buried in earth materials and new developments in the prediction and monitoring of corrosion of steel in earth applications and environments. The final report will identify gaps in knowledge and the short- and long-term research needed to improve the long-term performance of steel in earth applications. 

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-BESR-18-01

Project Duration (months): 24 month(s)

RSO: Magsino, Sammantha

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

Topic(s):

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Earth Sciences
Engineering and Technology
Math, Chemistry, and Physics
Transportation and Infrastructure



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 07/16/2020

Scott Anderson - (Chair)
SCOTT A. ANDERSON is a principal geotechnical engineer at BGC Engineering in Golden, Colorado. He has wide ranging geotechnical design and construction experience in the transportation, water resources, mining, and pipeline industries. His experience includes earthwork—retaining structures, foundation design and construction, and ground modification techniques. He is experienced in remote sensing, geophysical and drilling site characterization, and the determination of soil and rock properties and design parameters. He has provided oversight and review of design and construction as well as contributed to research and deployment of training and new technology in many areas of practice. Prior to joining BGC Engineering, Dr. Anderson was the geotechnical services team leader for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center from 2008 to 2017; and prior to that, he held geotechnical leadership roles for the Federal Lands Highway Division of FHWA for 6 years. He was awarded the FHWA Engineer of the Year in 2014, he was the recipient of the K.B. Woods Award in 2016 from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) for contribution to the design and construction of transportation facilities, and he served as the 2017 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer for the Association of Engineering Geologists and the Geological Society of America. Dr. Anderson holds a B.A. and M.S. in engineering geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and Colorado State University, respectively. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mersedah Akhoodan
MERSEDEH AKHOONDAN has over 15 years of experience in condition assessment and rehabilitation of metallic and reinforced concrete infrastructures, specializing in service life modeling of different types of infrastructure. She has designed and managed corrosion testing programs, developed rehabilitation plans and specifications for corrosion control systems, performed failure analysis and metallographic evaluations of field coupons, and conducted soil corrosivity studies. Dr. Akhoondan is a registered civil engineer in the states of Florida and Texas. She has authored or co-authored over 30 technical publications. She currently serves as the chair of HDR’s Condition Assessment Practice Group and the vice-chair of the NACE San Diego section. Dr. Akhoondan received her B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering and her Ph.D. in corrosion engineering from the University of South Florida.
Aziz I. Asphahani
AZIZ I. ASPHAHANI (NAE) is chairman and chief executive officer of QuesTek Innovations, LLC. As a distinguished engineer specializing in the advancement of materials, reliability, alloy development, and corrosion control, he is internationally recognized for his work in the field. His early research activities were focused on identifying the parameters affecting alloys resistance to stress corrosion cracking (SCC), pitting/crevice corrosion, and corrosion fatigue. His research involved assessing the mechanisms of hydrogen embrittlement and its impact on the SCC of corrosion-resistant alloys (CRA). Furthermore, he identified the roles of key alloying elements that were used to develop CRA with improved resistance to corrosion and wear. Later, he led a company focused on water treatment, air purification, and site remediation. Presently, he manages QuesTek Innovations, a leader in developing and deploying best-in-class materials (addressing priorities outlined in the U.S. Materials Genome Initiative), based on its integrated computational materials engineering technologies and its materials by design methodology, using genomic data, and science based modeling. He holds eight patents. In 2017, Dr. Asphahani was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering "for executive leadership in STEM education, integrated computer design of materials, and innovation and production of corrosion-resistant alloys." Dr. Asphahani is a past president of ASM International and past chair of its educational foundations. Dr. Asphahani’s degrees include diplome ingenieur-physics from École Centrale de Paris and a Ph.D. in materials science from MIT.
Susan E. Burns
SUSAN E. BURNS is a professor of geosystems engineering and associate chair for administration and finance in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Burns' research focuses on applications in geoenvironmental engineering with particular emphasis on the beneficial use of waste materials including dredged sediments, fly ash, and biomass fly ash; treatment of highway stormwater runoff using engineered materials; erosion control of soils on highway rights-of-way; interfacial behavior of organic- and inorganic-coated soils; the transport and behavior of microbubbles in otherwise saturated porous media; and the hydraulic conductivity and consolidation properties of fine-grained soils using seismic piezocone penetration testing (SPCPT). Dr. Burns is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and she was named the 2020 Engineer of the Year by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers. Dr. Burns earned a B.C.E. (1990) and M.S. in civil engineering (geotechnical) (1996), M.S. in environmental engineering (1996), and Ph.D. in civil engineering (1997), all from Georgia Tech.
Homero Castaneda
HOMERO CASTANEDA is an associate professor and director at the National Corrosion and Materials Reliability Laboratory within Texas A&M University (TAMU). He is also the instructor for NACE certifications. Dr. Castaneda has 19 years of experience using electrochemical and nondestructive techniques to monitor interfacial phenomena in materials and theoretical modeling of corrosion science and engineering, energy generation and storage, and electrochemical processes for different industries. He has been the PI for multiple projects on corrosion science and engineering for the DOE, DOD, DOT, and several Fortune 500 companies. Before joining TAMU, he worked for five years at The University of Akron (2011 to 2015) as an assistant professor and before that at Battelle Memorial Institute as a senior scientist (2006-2010) in the Advanced Materials and Energy Systems in Columbus, Ohio. Before Battelle, he was the technical director of the Corrosion, Materials and Pipelines in the Mexican Petroleum Institute for five years. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of corrosion science and engineering, coatings degradation and reliability, materials characterization, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. He holds ten patents and copyrights. He received the H.H. Uhlig award from NACE International in 2018. He was awarded to be the NACE Fellow of Class 2019. He is the editor of three journals related to electrochemistry, corrosion, and pipelines. He received his B.S. in chemical metallurgical engineering (1994) and M.S. in materials science (1997) from the Universida Nacional Autónoma de México and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Penn State University in 2001.
Kenneth L. Fishman
KENNETH L. FISHMAN is a principal at McMahon and Mann Consulting Engineers, P.C. and is the leader of their Earth Reinforcement Testing Division. He has 40 years of combined experience in civil/geotechnical engineering that includes teaching, research, and consulting and is an expert on state-of-the-art techniques for performance monitoring, characterization of corrosion potential, and service-life modeling for mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls and other geotechnical applications. He has been a consultant, co-PI, or PI on various projects sponsored by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), FHWA, MCEER and various state departments of transportation on projects related to service-life design, condition assessment, corrosion monitoring, and durability studies for buried steel including MSE structures, elements of deep foundation systems, and pipelines. These projects include research, implementations of research results, training, and applications of the state of the art techniques for performance monitoring and characterization of corrosion potential. He is author of over 50 publications in the area of geotechnical engineering including FHWA-HRT-05-067, NCHRP Report 477, FHWA-NHI-09-087, NCHRP Report 675, several comprehensive reports describing results from FHWA/state DOT sponsored demonstration projects, and pooled-fund studies. He has participated in numerous workshops and webinars sponsored by NCHRP, FHWA, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), TRB and others including two recent webinars related to asset management and performance modeling sponsored by the FHWA Office of Asset Management and Resource Center, AASHTO and TRB. Dr. Fishman earned his Ph.D. for his work in geotechnical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1988.
Gerald S. Frankel
GERALD S. FRANKEL is distinguished professor of engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, and director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at The Ohio State University (OSU). Prior to joining OSU in 1995, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Zurich and then a research staff member at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. His primary research interests are in the passivation and localized corrosion of metals and alloys, corrosion inhibition, protective coatings, and atmospheric corrosion. He has authored almost 300 papers in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the Electrochemical Society and Corrosion and a fellow of NACE International, The Electrochemical Society, and ASM International. He received the W.R. Whitney Award from NACE International in 2015, the U.R. Evans Award from the U.K. Institute of Corrosion in 2011, the OSU Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010, the 2010 Electrochemical Society’s Corrosion Division H.H. Uhlig Award, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists in 2004. From 2012-2016, he served as a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board after being appointed by President Obama. In 2016, he became the director of a DOE-funded Engineering Frontier Research Center focused on the performance of nuclear waste forms. He earned his Sc.B. in materials science engineering from Brown University and his Sc.D. in materials science and engineering from MIT.
Stacey Kulesza
STACEY KULESZA is an associate professor in civil engineering at Kansas State University where her research focuses on anthropogenic impacts on soil properties, applied near-surface geophysics, characterizing infrastructure deterioration, and soil erosion potential. Her research group seeks to understand the in situ integrity of natural materials and aging infrastructure to support the global initiative of sustainability and resiliency.She is also interested in engineering education and broadening pathways to and through engineering degrees. She currently serves on two technical committees of the TRB and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute including serving as the chair for the ASCE Geo-Institute Outreach and Engagement Committee. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Kansas. She received her B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. in civil engineering with a focus in geotechnical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Brenda J. Little
BRENDA J. LITTLE retired in January 2018 from the Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, where she served as a senior scientist. Her career has focused on the investigation of microorganism/material interactions including biodeterioration, biodegradation, and bioremediation (i.e., chemistries produced by microorganisms). Her publications include 2 co-authored books and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. Dr. Little is now an independent consultant and the sole proprietor of B.J. Little Corrosion Consulting, LLC, and she serves as the current president of the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society (IBBS). Dr. Little is a fellow for the NACE-International and on the editorial board for International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, the official journal for the IBBS. Dr. Little received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Tulane University.
Randall W. Poston
RANDALL W. POSTON, NAE, is a Sr. Principal at Pivot Engineers, a structural engineering consulting firm in Austin, TX. He is also a Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Purdue University College of Engineering. He is the Immediate Past President of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). For the past 35 years, Poston has been engaged in the evaluation, repair, strengthening and design of more than 700 structures. His expertise includes investigation of structural failures, evaluation of corrosion of steel in concrete, structural concrete repair and strengthening design, and nondestructive testing of concrete structures. He has been elected a Fellow of ACI, ASCE, PTI and IABSE and is an active member of numerous national and international technical committees including being a current member of ACI Committee 318 – Structural Concrete Building Code, and was the Chair of Committee 318 during the 2014 code cycle. Poston was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2017. He received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Elizabeth Rutherford
ELIZABETH RUTHERFORD is a senior metallurgical engineer at Energy Transfer with over 10 years of experience in pipeline integrity, failure investigation, root cause analysis, and quality assurance. She has worked on pipeline failures in a variety of terrains in the U.S. in addition to numerous preventative inspections and repairs. She is actively involved in both Pipeline Research Council Internationaland Joint Industry Projects addressing research gaps and identifying technologies to move the industry forward safely. For the past year, her focus has been on the quality assurance side of the business monitoring the acquisition and production of pipe for new construction projects. Prior to joining Energy Transfer, Ms. Rutherford spent three years with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a reactor inspector with special emphasis on in-service inspection. Ms. Rutherford received her B.S. in metallurgical engineering in 2004 from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology).
Sammantha L. Magsino - (Staff Officer)
SAMMANTHA MAGSINO has been with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources since 2005. During that time she has directed the Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering and numerous studies on topics ranging from sustainable underground engineering, dam and levee safety, earthquake-induced soil liquefaction, fractured rock characterization and remediation, disaster resilience, and data management. She was previously a geologist with the Washington State geologic survey where she conducted geophysical investigations, produced earthquake hazard maps, and served as a technical advisor to the state on volcanic hazards. Ms. Magsino also served as the science coordinator for a National Science Foundation facility housed at The University of Texas at Austin that conducted aerogeophysical surveys in Antarctica, and she was a consultant for the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses at the Southwest Research Institute where she conducted geophysical investigations near the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Facility in support of volcanic hazard assessment. Ms. Magsino holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in geology, with emphasis in geophysics, from Florida International University.

Events


Event Type :  
TeleConference

Description :   

Discussed project boundaries and potential organization of committee report outline.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Elleni Giorgis
Contact Email:  egiorgis@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2731

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Scott Anderson
Mersedeh Akhoondan
Aziz Asphahani
Susan Burns
Homero Castenda-Lopez
Ken Fishman
Stacey Kulesza
Brenda Little
Randall Poston
Elizabeth Rutherford

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Potential report organization and strategies for information gathering.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No materials were made available to the committee during the closed session.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 14, 2020
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
-

Description :   

This event is a closed session.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Elleni Giorgis
Contact Email:  egiorgis@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2731

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Scott A. Anderson
Mersedeh Akhoondan
Aziz Asphahani
Susan E. Burns
Homero Castaneda
Kenneth L. Fishman
Gerald S. Frankel
Stacey Kulesza
Brenda J. Little
Randall Poston

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee reviewed the summary of the bias and composition discussion, discussed the report outline and strategies for future meetings.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No materials were made available to the committee during closed sessions.

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

This event will have an open session and a closed session.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Elleni Giorgis
Contact Email:  egiorgis@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2731

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Scott A. Anderson
Mersedeh Akhoondan
Aziz Asphahani
Susan E. Burns
Homero Castaneda
Kenneth L. Fishman
Gerald S. Frankel
Stacey Kulesza
Brenda J. Little
Randall Poston
Elizabeth Rutherford

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee composition and bias.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No materials were made available during closed session

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 10, 2020
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
TeleConference

Description :   

This event is a closed session.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Elleni Giorgis
Contact Email:  egiorgis@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2731

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Scott A. Anderson
Mersedeh Akhoondan
Aziz Asphahani
Susan E. Burns
Homero Castaneda
Kenneth L. Fishman
Gerald S. Frankel
Stacey Kulesza
Brenda J. Little
Randall Poston

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Introductions, description of session objectives, statement of task, project timeline and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study process.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No materials were made available to the committee during closed session.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 10, 2020
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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