Analysis of Stray Current Corrosion on Buried Pipeline due to HVDC Grounding Current

Zhongtian Li, Mohamad Ghaffarian Niasar, Mohsen Kavian , Frank de Wild

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The electrochemical corrosion of buried pipeline underground due to stray current has become a typical industrial problem. The stray current causes anodic electrochemical corrosion at defect area on the surface of buried pipeline. In this paper, the DC stray current, which was originally returning current from grounding electrodes of HVDC monopolar system, was analysed. A 3D model was built in COMSOL Multiphysics to demonstrate the distribution of stray current density along the path of buried pipeline nearby. The environmental parameters (soil conductivity, pipeline position with respect to grounding electrodes, angle between pipeline and HVDC cable) were analyzed to study their respective influence to the change of stray current distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE 29th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-5635-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-5636-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event29th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 17 Jun 202019 Jun 2020


Conference29th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics
Abbreviated titleISIE 2020
OtherVirtual/online event due to COVID-19
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  • buried pipelines
  • COMSOL Multiphysics
  • HVDC power cable
  • numerical modeling
  • stray current corrosion


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