ASTM G170 - 06(2020)e1

    Standard Guide for Evaluating and Qualifying Oilfield and Refinery Corrosion Inhibitors in the Laboratory

    Active Standard ASTM G170 | Developed by Subcommittee: G01.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Corrosion inhibitors continue to play a key role in controlling internal corrosion associated with oil and gas production and transportation. This results primarily from the industry’s extensive use of carbon and low alloy steels, which, for many applications, are economic materials of construction that generally exhibit poor corrosion resistance. As a consequence, there is a strong reliance on inhibitor deployment for achieving cost-effective corrosion control, especially for treating long flowlines and main export pipelines (1).5

    5.2 For multiphase flow, the aqueous-oil-gas interphases can take any of an infinite number of possible forms. These forms are delineated into certain classes of interfacial distribution called flow regimes. The flow regimes depend on the inclination of the pipe (that is, vertical or horizontal), flow rate (based on production rate), and flow direction (that is, upward or downward). The common flow regimes in vertical upward flow, vertical downward flow, and horizontal flow are presented in Figs. 1-3 respectively (2, 3).

    5.14 To develop an inhibitor selection strategy, in addition to inhibitor efficiency, several other key performance factors need to be evaluated: (1) water/oil partitioning, (2) solubility, (3) emulsification tendency, (4) foaming tendency, (5) thermal stability, (6) toxicity, and (7) compatibility with other additives/materials.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers some generally accepted laboratory methodologies that are used for evaluating corrosion inhibitors for oilfield and refinery applications in well defined flow conditions.

    1.2 This guide does not cover detailed calculations and methods, but rather covers a range of approaches which have found application in inhibitor evaluation.

    1.3 Only those methodologies that have found wide acceptance in inhibitor evaluation are considered in this guide.

    1.4 This guide is intended to assist in the selection of methodologies that can be used for evaluating corrosion inhibitors.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.

    1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1141 Practice for the Preparation of Substitute Ocean Water

    D4410 Terminology for Fluvial Sediment

    G1 Practice for Preparing, Cleaning, and Evaluating Corrosion Test Specimens

    G3 Practice for Conventions Applicable to Electrochemical Measurements in Corrosion Testing

    G5 Reference Test Method for Making Potentiodynamic Anodic Polarization Measurements

    G16 Guide for Applying Statistics to Analysis of Corrosion Data

    G31 Guide for Laboratory Immersion Corrosion Testing of Metals

    G46 Guide for Examination and Evaluation of Pitting Corrosion

    G59 Test Method for Conducting Potentiodynamic Polarization Resistance Measurements

    G96 Guide for Online Monitoring of Corrosion in Plant Equipment (Electrical and Electrochemical Methods)

    G102 Practice for Calculation of Corrosion Rates and Related Information from Electrochemical Measurements

    G106 Practice for Verification of Algorithm and Equipment for Electrochemical Impedance Measurements

    G111 Guide for Corrosion Tests in High Temperature or High Pressure Environment, or Both

    G193 Terminology and Acronyms Relating to Corrosion

    ISO Standards

    ISO 6614

    ISO 696 Surface Active Agents Measurements of Foaming Power Modified Ross-Miles Method

    NACE Standards

    NACE-5A195

    NACE-ID196 Laboratory Test Methods for Evaluating Oil-Field Corrosion Inhibitors, Houston, TX, NACE International Publication, Item No. 24192, December 1996


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.020 (Extraction and processing of petroleum and natural gas)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


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    DOI: 10.1520/G0170-06R20E01

    Citation Format

    ASTM G170-06(2020)e1, Standard Guide for Evaluating and Qualifying Oilfield and Refinery Corrosion Inhibitors in the Laboratory, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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