Anti Corrosive Coating and Linings for Steel Pipe (with PDF)

Anti Corrosive Coatings on Steel are widely used to protect the pipes from corrosion. The protective coating layer helps the steel material to prevent corrosion.

Corrosion in Oil and Gas Industry

Corrosion in the Piping and Pipeline Industry is quite common. Corrosion is a loss of material due to “REACTION” with the environment.

  • Physical: erosion
  • Chemical: irreversible loss
  • Electro-chemical: electric microcell
  • Biological: bio-fouling

Forms of Corrosion

Corrosion manifests in different forms as listed below:

  • Erosion: commonly observed in lead-lined vessels; area of the vessel near the impeller
  • Pitting: micro holes in the relatively unattacked surface
  • Selective leaching: dezincification of Cu-Zn alloy
  • Intergranular: welding or improper heat treatment
  • Stress corrosion: welding, cold work, etc.
  • Crevice corrosion: electrochemical cell in the crevice

Points to remember

  • The surface must be as clean as possible.
  • The surface must not have any scratch.
  • The coating application must be compatible with “SHE” norms.
  • The coating itself must be environmentally friendly.

Anti Corrosive Coatings Used to Reduce Corrosion

  • Natural Paints
  • Synthetic Resins
  • Plastics
  • Composites
  • Lining:
    • Fiber Reinforced Plastics
    • Glass lining
    • Graphite
    • Rubber

Rubber Lining

Typical Anti-Corrosive Lined Pipes
Fig. 1: Typical Anti-Corrosive Lined Pipes

Types of Rubber Lining:

  • Natural Rubber
  • SBR
  • Neoprene(Polychloroprene)
  • Butyl (isobutylene)
  • Halogenated Butyl – e.g. Chlorobutyl
    • Bromobutyl

Applications of Rubber Lining:


  • Resistant to acid, abrasion, oil, seawater.
  • High temperature and corrosive service, where natural rubber fails.

Butyl Rubber

  • Used for High-Temperature Corrosive service e.g. Reaction vessels
  • For Hot and abrasive services


  • Chlor-Alkali Plant
  • Phosphoric Acid Plant
  • DI water plants

Fluoropolymer Coatings & Linings

Properties of Fluoropolymers
Fig. 2: Properties of Fluoropolymers

Advantages of High-Build Coatings

  • Drastically reduces permeation through the coating and possible corrosion of the metal substrate.
  • It lowers the metal content of the fluid being handled due to the reduction of permeation, substrate corrosion and back migration of corrosion products.
  • Extends the life of the coating when exposed to an abrasive media
  • Thick coatings can be repaired by welding if mechanically damaged. Thin coatings (<20mil) must be stripped and recoated if repairs are not possible.
  • Thick coatings operate better under pressure-vacuum cycling than thin coatings.
  • The cost of a thick coating is not directly proportional to its thickness. Longer online performance is achieved at only a small additional cost with high-build coatings. Less maintenance is an important benefit.

  • No welds exist with a high-build coated vessel in comparison to one that is sheet-lined. Welds in sheet-lined vessels are a known point of failure.
  • Used in all chemical processes with hazardous, corrosive, abrasive and-or toxic media.
  • Well established in the chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industry
  • Ideal in any plant because of their good chemical and physical resistance and long lifetime in service.
  • Absence of sensibility against:
    • -mechanical impact
    • -alternating pressure
    • -vibration
    • -temperature shock
    • -aging

Advantages of Fluoropolymer Coatings & Linings:

  • Chemical inertness against nearly all substances
  • Broad application temperature range (-30oC to 260oC)
  • Very smooth material surface and anti-sticking behavior
  • Possibility of being electrically conductive
  • Impact-resistant
  • Absorbs pressure variations or impacts
  • Vibration decreasing
  • Insensitive to UV light
  • No softening agents used
  • Weather-resistant and approved for food and drugs service

Anti Corrosive Coating Selection Criteria

  • Chemical exposure
  • Permeability of the coatings to the materials to be processed
  • Pressure if handling gaseous materials
  • Purity, FDA and USDA requirements
  • Maximum operating temperature
  • Abrasives, if present
  • Cost
  • Vessel configuration – dimensions, complexity
  • Desired fluoropolymer
  • Thickness of lining
  • Reparability
  • Track record

Application of High-Build Coatings

  • Mixed beds
  • Water storage tanks
  • Pumps
  • Piping
  • Chemical storage tanks
  • Valves
  • Chemical day tanks
  • Filter housings
  • Wet bench components
  • Vacuum de-gasifiers
  • Agitators
  • CMP components

Anti Corrosive Coatings And Linings thickness selection criterion

  • If the corrosion rate of carbon steel is > 10mpy (mills per year)-USE THICK LININGS
  • If the corrosion rate of carbon steel is < 10mpy (mills per year)-USE THIN LININGS
  • THIN LININGS – < 25MILS OR 0.635MM

Coatings-Linings thickness selection criterion

Use Thin Lining For

  • Product purity
  • Nonstick
  • Localized corrosion

Use Thick Lining for

  • Corrosion prevention
  • Permeation resistance

Difference Between Coating and Lining: Coatings Vs Linings

  1. In terms of Thickness:
    • Coatings – 10 to 1500 microns (0.01 to 1.5mm)
    • Linings – 3000 to 5000 microns (3 to 5 mm)
  2. The coating can be done from outside and inside but the lining is done only inside the pipe.
  3. Pipelining means a pipe inside a pipe, but the pipe coating is not the same.

Coatings are better than linings with respect to the following:

  • adhesive forces
  • vacuum application
  • heat transfer
  • thermal shock

Few more useful Resources for you…

An Article on Forms of CorrosionOpens in a new tab.
Corrosion under insulation: A PresentationOpens in a new tab.
Corrosion Protection for Offshore PipelinesOpens in a new tab.
Corrosion Monitoring Techniques & Surveys: A short PresentationOpens in a new tab.
Guide for Coating Selection for External Bolting to Reduce CorrosionOpens in a new tab.
Application of Anti-Corrosive Linings in Oil and Gas IndustryOpens in a new tab.
Anti-Corrosive Composites for Oil and Gas IndustryOpens in a new tab.
Piping Materials BasicsOpens in a new tab.
Piping Stress Analysis BasicsOpens in a new tab.
Piping Design and Layout BasicsOpens in a new tab.
Few Jobs for you…Opens in a new tab.

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Anup Kumar Dey

I am a Mechanical Engineer turned into a Piping Engineer. Currently, I work in a reputed MNC as a Senior Piping Stress Engineer. I am very much passionate about blogging and always tried to do unique things. This website is my first venture into the world of blogging with the aim of connecting with other piping engineers around the world.

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