Corrosion and Fouling Management

Course Details

This course provides a fundamental understanding of the science of corrosion, the causes of corrosion and fouling, and techniques to solve corrosion and fouling problems encountered in refineries. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of corrosion problems they’ve encountered on the job and the material will be addressed as time permits. The course manual serves as both a course guide and reference material. It contains “rules of thumb” that can be immediately put into practice when participants return to their jobs.


Upon completing the course, participants will be able to

  • Identify common refinery corrosion and fouling problems, including where they typically occur.
  • Describe the type of corrosion or fouling that is present based on location, process conditions, and symptoms.
  • Identify control strategies for common corrosion and fouling problems, including their benefits and liabilities.


The course is particularly beneficial to both new and experienced refinery personnel who are involved in the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of corrosion and fouling problems – including inspectors and corrosion professionals.


To ensure an effective virtual learning environment UOP will ensure that the training is delivered in concise virtual sessions to prevent learner fatigue. Each session will consist of short lecture-based delivery of training content, interspersed with ample time for discussion and question and answer time with the instructors.

The training will follow the same highly effective format as is used in the traditional classroom training and all training materials (e.g. slides, handouts, activities) typically used in the classroom course will be made available to participants.

To ensure that the topics can be delivered within the total instructional hours, and to ensure an engaging and interactive learning experience, not all slides will be presented. Instead, some material will be provided as pre-reading by participants with opportunity to discuss any topics or issues raised in the reading material at the beginning of the relevant topic session.

Each session will provide ample opportunity for participants to share their experience, raise operational issues for discussion and ask questions directly to the instructors. UOP may use a variety of instructors throughout to ensure GDA benefits from the broadest depth of UOP expert knowledge.

Dates: 29th – 30th September 2021 and 4th – 5th October 2021 (5 days)
Time: 1PM to 4PM Bahrain Time
Venue: Microsoft Teams
Fee: USD 2,500 per participant (Special Rate for GDA Members Only)
USD 3,000 per participant (for Non-Members) 
*5% VAT will apply
Prerequisites: A computer with Internet access, webcam and audio capabilities.


Name: Xiaodong (Sean) Liu

Title:Lead Engineer- Metallurgist (UOP)


Over 30-year experience in the field of material science and corrosion engineering in chemical processing and refining industry.  Specialized 10 years in UOP engineering metallurgy selection and corrosion prevention for UOP processing techniques,such as complex Hydroprocessing, FCC, Oleflex, Alkylation, Platforming, Renewable Fuel and Natural Gas treating etc.  Proficient in failure analysis, fracture mechanics and diverse metallurgy degradations in refining and petrochemical industry.  Expertise in electrochemistry techniques and stress corrosion cracking.  Skilled metallurgy fabrication of steels, stainless steels and nickel alloys.  Instructed Metallurgy & Corrosion trainings for years.  Active member and participant in NACE, ASM and API associations.  Certificated NACE Refining Corrosion Technologist and Certificated Designing for Corrosion Control & Metallurgy Selection. 

Before joining UOP, worked over 6 years as Sr. R/D Engineer in Caterpillar Inc, over 2 years as Researcher in Fontana Corrosion Center OSU and over 12 years as Staff Engineer in Institute of Metals Research CAS.


Earned PhD degree in Material Science & Engineering from The Ohio State University, USA.                                                                                                                    

Name: Chirag Shah

Title: Principal Engineer- Metallurgist

Experience & Education:

Chirag is a Principal engineer- Metallurgist at UOP (Honeywell) in Des Plaines, Illinois.    He is responsible for material selection, troubleshooting and supporting metallurgy related aspects across all UOP process units.  Chirag is strategic thinker and proven metallurgy professional.   Chirag is active participator & member in API, ASME, ASM and other industrial professional societies.  Chirag have master’s degree in materials science and metallurgical Engineering from IIT, Chicago.  He is also a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and AWS- Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) with ASME VIII-1 & IX Endorsements. 

  • Corrosion and Fouling Management
  • Duration: 29-30 SEPTEMBER 2021 and 4-5 OCTOBER 2021
  • Category: Plant, Reliability and Integrity

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