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Coating application and Corrosion protection
ArticleName The influence of the quality of surface preparation of pipes for heating networks on their corrosion resistance during operation in underground conditions
DOI 10.17580/chm.2023.11.15
ArticleAuthor E. I. Pryakhin, D. A. Pribytkova

Empress Catherine II St. Petersburg Mining University, St. Petersburg, Russia

E. I. Pryakhin, Dr. Eng., Prof., Head of the Dept. of Materials Science and Technology of Art Products, e-mail:
D. A. Pribytkova, Postgraduate Student, Dept. of Materials Science and Technology of Art Products, e-mail:


Increasing the service life of pipeline elements of urban heating networks is currently very relevant and therefore an important task. These pipelines, buried in the ground in an urban environment, have an unsatisfactory service life. The main factor is the occurrence of corrosion. These are mainly soil corrosion, microbiological corrosion, stress corrosion cracking and electrochemical corrosion due to the presence of stray currents. They are caused by underground power networks, metro, tram tracks, substations and other sources of high voltage. In many ways, the service life of pipes depends on the composition of the protective coating, but no less important is the quality of its application, which is determined by the method of preliminary preparation of the surface of pipeline parts before applying the protective coating. The paper compares the currently used method of shot-blasting the surface of pipes and the technology of laser surface treatment proposed for use. These two methods are analyzed and evaluated. Metal samples of pipelines of heating mains, made of steel 3, used for the manufacture of pipes in production, were studied in this work in various ways – the roughness and relief of the surface of the samples were evaluated, the change in their microhardness and microstructure of the cut was studied. The influence of surface preparation methods on steel properties and adhesive strength before applying a phosphate layer is considered. The phosphate layer in this case acts as a substrate for the main coating. The quality of its contact – adhesive strength with the metal surface will determine the operational properties of the main protective coating. Poor adhesive properties of the intermediate phosphate layer will lead to flaking of the base layer and a favorable situation for the development of corrosion. In this work, several modes of laser treatment of the surface of prototypes were considered. Based on their comparison, the advantages of laser processing over shot blasting are shown.

keywords Laser treatment, phosphating, roughness, increased adhesive strength, soil corrosion

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