Erosion Corrosion in the Oil and Gas Industry: A Review

  • O.O. Ige Department of Materials Science and EngineeringObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle –Ife, Nigeria
  • L.E. Umoru Department of Materials Science and EngineeringObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle –Ife, Nigeria
  • O.E. Olorunniwo Department of Materials Science and EngineeringObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle –Ife, Nigeria
  • M.O. Adeoye Department of Materials Science and EngineeringObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle –Ife, Nigeria
Keywords: Erosion corrosion, corrosion monitoring, inhibitor, corrosion resistant alloys


This paper reviews the various factors that affect erosion corrosion in the oil and gas industry. The mechanisms are highlighted and explained, with a view to understanding the underlying principle of the degradation phenomena.  There are many monitoring techniques that are used in evaluating erosion corrosion but three are commonly employed in the laboratories. The benefits and limitations associated with these methods - rotated disc, rotated cylinder and jet impingement are reviewed. Erosion corrosion is regarded as a surface process that can be controlled via surface engineering for example, using coatings and inhibitors coupled with materials selection. Some of the critical parameters, such as inhibitor concentration as a function of flow parameters are discussed.

Author Biographies

O.O. Ige, Department of Materials Science and EngineeringObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle –Ife, Nigeria

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile –Ife, Nigeria

L.E. Umoru, Department of Materials Science and EngineeringObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle –Ife, Nigeria

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile –Ife, Nigeria

O.E. Olorunniwo, Department of Materials Science and EngineeringObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle –Ife, Nigeria

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile –Ife, Nigeria

M.O. Adeoye, Department of Materials Science and EngineeringObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle –Ife, Nigeria

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile –Ife, Nigeria


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How to Cite
Ige, O., Umoru, L., Olorunniwo, O., & Adeoye, M. (2011). Erosion Corrosion in the Oil and Gas Industry: A Review. Ife Journal of Technology, 20(1), 58-67. Retrieved from