The effects of corrosion in pipelines and oil wells primarily take the form of an internal build-up of residue known as ‘scaling’, or ‘rusting’, which is a wearing away of the pipe or valve material itself.
Corrosive residue is analysed to identify the specific phases and compounds involved. Common phases / compounds of corrosion include magnetite, barite, calcium carbonate, and gypsum.
All these compounds and more are quickly and easily identified using X-ray diffraction (XRD).
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