Frank Cheng


Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


University of Alberta


Chinese Academy of Sciences


Hunan University

Contact information


Mechanical Engineering Building : MEB320


Corrosion in Engineering Applications (ENPE 563)

Pipeline Coatings (ENME 628)

Stress Corrosion Cracking of Materials (ENME 640)

Elements of Materials Engineering (ENME 665)

Preferred method of communication



Research areas

  • Energy engineering - Pipeline engineering
  • Engineering for the environment - Advanced materials

Research activities

Corrosion science and engineering in oil/gas and pipeline systems; Modeling and defect assessment for integrity management of pipelines; Nanotechnology and advanced materials.


Dr. Frank Cheng is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering. He is an internationally recognized authority in Corrosion Science and Engineering of pipelines. Dr. Cheng is the author of two books (Stress Corrosion Cracking of Pipelines; Pipeline Coatings) and 200 journal papers. The total number of citations of his publications exceeds 6,900, with an h-index of 55.



Y. Frank Cheng, Stress Corrosion Cracking of Pipelines, John Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 2013.

Y. Frank Cheng, Richard Norsworthy, Pipeline Coatings, NACE International, Houston, TX, 2017.


Peer-reviewed journals:

Ke Yin, Hongwei Liu, Y. Frank Cheng, Microbiologically influenced corrosion of X52 pipeline steel in thin layers of solution containing sulfate-reducing bacteria trapped under disbonded coating, Corrosion Science 145 (2018) 271-282.

Yao Yang, Y. Frank Cheng, One-step facile preparation of ZnO nanorods as high-performance photoanodes for photoelectrochemical cathodic protection, Electrochimica Acta 276 (2018) 311-318.

Jialin Sun, Y. Frank Cheng, Assessment by finite element modeling of the interaction of multiple corrosion defects and the effect on failure pressure of corroded pipelines, Engineering Structures 165 (2018) 278-286.

Shan Qian, Y. Frank Cheng, Degradation of fusion bonded epoxy pipeline coatings in the presence of direct current interference, Progress in Organic Coatings 120 (2018) 79-87.

Hongwei Liu, Y. Frank Cheng, Mechanistic aspects of microbially influenced corrosion of X52 pipeline steel in a thin layer of soil solution containing sulphate-reducing bacteria under various gassing conditions, Corrosion Science 133 (2018) 178-189.

Yuan Li, Y. Frank Cheng, Photocatalytic anti-bioadhesion and bacterial deactivation on nanostructured iron oxide films, Journal of Materials Chemistry B 6 (2018) 1458-1469.

Shiqiang Chen, Y. Frank Cheng, Gerrit Voordouw, Three-dimensional graphene nanosheet doped with gold nanoparticles as electrochemical DNA biosensor for bacterial detection, Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical 262 (2018) 860-868.

Hongwei Liu, Y. Frank Cheng, Microbial corrosion of X52 pipeline steel under soil with varied thicknesses soaked with a simulated soil solution containing sulfate-reducing bacteria and the associated galvanic coupling effect, Electrochimica Acta 266 (2018) 312-325.

Yuanchao Feng, Y. Frank Cheng, An intelligent coating doped with inhibitor-encapsulated nanocontainers for corrosion protection of pipeline steel, Chemical Engineering Journal 315 (2017) 537-551.

Frank Cheng, Environmental hazard: Monitor safety of aged fuel pipelines, Nature 529 (2016) 156.