Corrosion Science
& Engineering

Contact Information

Osvaldo Pensado, Ph.D.
(210) 522-6084

Image: Using laser Raman Spectroscopy, SwRI scientists study the fundamental mechanisms of corrosion.

Using laser Raman Spectroscopy, SwRI scientists study the fundamental mechanisms of corrosion.

Experienced corrosion engineers and scientists at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) provide technical assistance for evaluating material performance in complex industrial and subsurface applications and perform research related to corrosion risk assessment and mitigation. Multidisciplinary teams provide timely and cost-effective solutions to any corrosion problem, including:

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The technical expertise of our staff is complemented by extensive state-of-the-art test facilities and instrumentation, such as:

  • DC and AC polarization systems
  • Raman spectroscopes and microscopes
  • Capillary electrophoresis and other microanalytical equipment
  • Microbial test facilities
  • High-pressure and high-temperature autoclave systems
  • A variety of mechanical test systems
  • Atmospheric corrosion, salt fog, cyclic wet-dry test chambers
  • Electron microscopes, scanning Auger spectroscope, and X-ray diffraction
  • Atomic force microscope
  • Surface metrology

Corrosion Expertise

In addition, SwRI has built many customized test facilities to study complex systems and environments. Specific areas of corrosion expertise at SwRI include:

  • Life prediction of systems undergoing corrosion and stress corrosion cracking
  • Risk assessment and maintenance optimization calculations
  • Corrosion sensor development
  • Coating and inhibitor evaluation
  • Nanostructured Cu-Cr coatings development
  • Microencapsulation of corrosion inhibitors and biocides
  • Development of instrumented coupons for disbonded coating studies
  • Failure analysis and on-site assistance related to corrosion control technologies

Staff recently co-authored the book, Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring, published by Woodhead Ltd.

Related Terminology

corrosion research  •  pipeline corrosion  •  coatings  •  corrosion sensors  •  corrosion life prediction  •  stainless steel  •  laser Raman spectroscopy  •  corrosion monitoring  •  hodic protection  •  microbiologically influenced corrosion

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.