December 2013

Special Report: Plant Design, Engineering and Construction

Mitigate heat exchanger corrosion with better construction materials

Better materials can provide optimal equipment service life, reduce maintenance, mitigate contamination by corrosion products and minimize heat loss due to fouling.

Perea, E., Sandvik Materials Technology

Unseen corrosion plays a major role in the operational efficiency of process plants. In refining and petrochemical processes, greater demands are placed on construction materials for key processing equipment. The ability to withstand corrosion at elevated temperatures requires special consideration, especially for material selection throughout the plant. New guidelines improve choosing corrosion-resistant materials for heat exchangers. Better materials can provide optimal equipment service life, reduce maintenance, mitigate contamination by corrosion products and minimize heat loss due to fouling. Harsh operating environments In refineries and process plants, greater operating demands ar

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