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Srdjan Nesic, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology
Russ Professor of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering
Russ College of Engineering and Technology

740-593-9945
740-591-4418
nesic@ohio.edu

Dr. Nesic oversees Ohio University's Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT) - the largest pipeline research facility in the world and the only one in the United States. The Institute works with a consortium of the 18 leading oil companies and chemical companies around the world to address the corrosion of pipelines that carry crude oil and gas to refineries, often across hundreds of miles of land and ocean floor.

Dr. Nesic oversees Ohio University's Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT) - the largest pipeline research facility in the world and the only one in the United States. The Institute works with a consortium of the 18 leading oil companies and chemical companies around the world to address the corrosion of pipelines that carry crude oil and gas to refineries, often across hundreds of miles of land and ocean floor.

Corrosion is a major problem in oil wells and pipelines, where much of the oil and gas merges with water, sand and other impurities. Those impurities can cause catastrophic failure to the inside of pipelines. A unique 20,000-square-foot facility, the ICMT is a maze of regulation-size pipelines in replicated real-life conditions where researchers and student engineers work to understand corrosion.

ICMT engineers are some of the world's leading authorities on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) - one of the most common causes of pipeline failure, costing American companies $30-50 billion a year in damages. Work by the MIC research group of students and researchers resulted in new detection methods that help companies predict MIC pitting. With earlier detection, catastrophic explosions - such as the one that rocked a California residential subdivision in September 2010 - would ideally be avoided.

The ICMT operates under an umbrella-like structure with Nesic as the director. Each individual project leader controls day-to-day operations by working with graduate students (doctoral and master's candidates) on the projects. A team of project engineers and technicians offers general support on the projects and maintains safe and reliable operation of the lab.

Dr. Nesic is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: the Best Paper award in the CORROSION journal for 2010 and 2015; H.H. Uhlig Award from NACE in 2007; and Bengough award for best paper in the British Corrosion Journal in 1998. His graduate students have won the A.B. Campbell award twice, in 2009 and 2015, for the most outstanding manuscript published in the CORROSION journal presented by young authors. He has chaired many sessions at international conferences and has delivered numerous keynote and plenary lectures. Dr. Nesic has extensively consulted on corrosion issues for the oil and gas industry, covering a variety of projects. Some of the work was related to design (e.g. development of Kashagan field in Kazahstan and Wheatston project in Western Australia), while in other cases the work was related to corrosion seen in operations (e.g. Ekofisk field in the North Sea and Terra Nova offshore field off the coast of Newfoundland).
Dr Nesic has also worked on a number of major litigation cases related to corrosion and erosion, including: expert witness in the State of Alaska vs. BPXA case (related to the Prudhoe Bay incident, 2006); testifying expert witness in the DOJ vs. BP case (related to the Deepwater Horizon Spill, 2010); and as an expert witness in the Alcoa vs. KAPL and others case (related to the Varanus island incident, 2008).

ICMT projects include:

  • Corrosion Center Joint Industry Project (CC-JIP)
  • Water Wetting Joint Industry Project (WW-JIP)
  • Top-of-the-Line Corrosion Project (TLC-JIP)
  • Naphthenic Acid Corrosion (NAP Acid)
  • Coal / CO2 Sequestration Project

Nesic's Media Placements include:

  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE, International) Materials Performance magazine, cover story, Texas, 2010
  • Midstream Business online
  • Alloy Digest online
  • The Columbus Dispatch

Corrosion is a major problem in oil wells and pipelines, where much of the oil and gas merges with water, sand and other impurities. Those impurities can cause catastrophic failure to the inside of pipelines. A unique 20,000-square-foot facility, the ICMT is a maze of regulation-size pipelines in replicated real-life conditions where researchers and student engineers work to understand corrosion.

ICMT engineers are some of the world's leading authorities on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) - one of the most common causes of pipeline failure, costing American companies $30-50 billion a year in damages. Work by the MIC research group of students and researchers resulted in new detection methods that help companies predict MIC pitting. With earlier detection, catastrophic explosions - such as the one that rocked a California residential subdivision in September 2010 - would ideally be avoided.

The ICMT operates under an umbrella-like structure with Nesic as the director. Each individual project leader controls day-to-day operations by working with graduate students (doctoral and master's candidates) on the projects. A team of project engineers and technicians offers general support on the projects and maintains safe and reliable operation of the lab.

ICMT projects include:

  • Corrosion Center Joint Industry Project (CC-JIP)
  • Water Wetting Joint Industry Project (WW-JIP)
  • Top-of-the-Line Corrosion Project (TLC-JIP)
  • Naphthenic Acid Corrosion (NAP Acid)
  • Coal / CO2 Sequestration Project

Nesic's Media Placements include:

  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE, International) Materials Performance magazine, cover story, Texas, 2010
  • Midstream Business online
  • Alloy Digest online
  • The Columbus Dispatch

Areas of Expertise

Chemical Engineering, Corrosion, Erosion, Pipeline Corrosion, Pipeline Integrity

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