Produced water can cause internal corrosion in oil pipelines. The flow of hydrocarbons and water can result in intermittent surface wetting, which can impact corrosion inhibition. However, this is still poorly understood. This research studies the impact of intermittent wetting and the wettability of the steel surface on corrosion inhibition, utilizing electrochemical techniques. An inhibitor model compound and model oil were employed at 25°C and 55°C in CO2 saturated solutions. Corrosion inhibition varied with temperature and steel surface hydrophobicity, altering inhibition significantly after intermittent contact with hydrocarbon at 55°C. EIS and wettability results revealed distinct protective mechanisms when oil was present.

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