Materials Selection and Design

Materials Selection and Design for Corrosion Control

Materials Selection and Design for Corrosion Control

No material is resistant to all corrosive situations, but materials selection is critical to preventing many types of failures. Examples of potential solutions include metals, plastics, fiberglass, concrete, and other nonmetals.

Factors that influence materials selection are corrosion resistance in the environment, availability of design and test data, mechanical properties, cost, availability, maintainability, compatibility with other system components, life expectancy, reliability, and appearance.

Appropriate system design is also important for effective corrosion control. This can involve the consideration of many factors, such as materials selection; process and construction parameters; geometry for drainage; avoidance or electrical separation of dissimilar metals; avoiding or sealing of crevices; corrosion allowance; operating lifetime; and maintenance and inspection requirements.

Material science offers corrosion engineers design options in corrosion control with advanced materials. Engineered properties created through specialized processing and synthesis technologies give advanced materials superior performance over conventional materials and include ceramics, high value-added metals, electronic materials, composites, polymers, and biomaterials.


NACE 6G197/SSPC-TU 2-1997, Design, Installation, and Maintenance of Coating Systems for Concrete Used in Secondary Containment

NACE 02203/SSPC-TR 5/ICRI 03741-2003-SG, Design, Installation, and Maintenance of Protective Polymer Flooring Systems for Concrete

NACE Publication 21429-2018-SG - State of the Art Report on Corrosion-Resistant Reinforcement

NACE Publication 8X194-2006-SG, Materials and Fabrication Practices for New Pressure Vessels Used in Wet H2S Refinery Service

Conference Papers

Development of a Regulatory Framework for Material Selection Corrosion Management and Pipeline Integrity Monitoring

Corrosion Performance of 13CR Stainless Steels

Materials Optimisation for Oil and Gas Sour Production

Materials Performance in High-Temperature Environments – Making the Choice

Developments of Materials and Design for Mitigation of Marine Corrosion Topside

The Use and Application of High-Performance Polymer Solutions for the Effective Prevention and Control of Corrosion in Water Supply Systems

Material Selection for Separation, Transportation, and Disposal of CO2

Applications of Continuous-Fiber-Reinforced Ceramic Composites in Corrosive/Erosive Environments

New Coatings Based on PANI-hexacyanoferrate-nano-TiO2 Composites to Improve their Anticorrosive Resistance

The Use and Application of High-Performance Polymer Solutions for the Effective Prevention and Control of Corrosion in Water Supply Systems

Additional Resources

Materials Performance Magazine Featuring a dedicated section of articles on materials selection and design

MPI (Master Painters Institute) Approved Paints & Coatings

MPI (Master Painters Institute) Painting Specification Manuals


SP0407-HD2013-SG, Format, Content, and Guidelines for Developing a Materials Selection Diagram

SP0492-2016-SG (formerly RP0492), RP0487-HD1987-SG, Considerations in the Selection and Evaluation of Interim Petroleum-Based Coatings-HD1987

SP0294-2006-SG (formerly RP0294), Design, Fabrication, and Inspection of Tanks for the Storage of Concentrated Sulfuric Acid and Oleum at Ambient Temperatures

MR-02-74-HD1974-SG, Material Requirements in Prefabricated Plastic Films for Pipeline Coatings

TM0183-HD2006-SG Evaluation of Internal Plastic Coatings for Corrosion Control of Tubular Goods in an Aqueous Flowing Environment-HD2006

SP0391-2016-SG (Formerly RP0391), Materials for the Handling and Storage of Commercial Concentrated (90 to 100%) Sulfuric Acid at Ambient Temperatures

ANSI/NACE MR0103/ISO 17945-2015-SG, Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries -- Metallic materials resistant to sulfide stress cracking in corrosive petroleum refining environments

TM0296-2014-SG Evaluating Elastomeric Materials in Sour Liquid Environments

Standards Development Committees

AMPP SC 08 Metallic Material Selection & Testing
Develops and maintains standards, guides, and reports for corrosion testing of metallic materials as well as methods of selection for metallic materials in specific environments.

AMPP SC 09 Non-metallic
Develops and maintains standards, guides, and reports for the mitigation and control of corrosion in non-metallic materials including composites (polymer matrix, metal matrix, and ceramic matrix), polymers (thermoplastics and thermosets), and ceramics.

AMPP SC 03 External Coatings - Buried & Immersed
Develops and maintains standards, guides, and reports for external coatings of materials, equipment, and structures in direct contact with salt water, fresh water, or soil environments.

AMPP SC 04 Linings & Internal Coatings
Develops and maintains standards, guides and reports for linings and internal coatings commonly used in specialized internal environments such as steel tanks, pipelines, and vessels to protect from corrosion and/or chemical attack.

Also, AMPP Technical Communities of Interest - Adhesives/Sealants, Inhibitors, Metallics, and Non-Metallics (Materials, Technical Subcommittee)