March 2014

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HP Editorial Comment: The silent assassin: Corrosion

This month’s special report focuses on corrosion. Often, uncontrolled corrosion undermines the mechanical integrity of process equipment and infrastructure. It is often identified as the root cau..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This month’s special report focuses on corrosion. Often, uncontrolled corrosion undermines the mechanical integrity of process equipment and infrastructure. It is often identified as the root cause for near-miss and serious accidents in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). Failures attributed to corrosion can occur over time or in days. Corrosion occurs either in a uniform manner or a localized event. Many factors must come together to degrade process equipment, instrumentation, piping and infrastructure. The industry fully understands that plant assets are very vulnerable to this silent mechanical-integrity assassin. The American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 571 (AP

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