August 2020

Special Focus: Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery

External chloride stress corrosion cracking: Phenomenon and protection

After carbon steel, stainless steel remains the most commonly used material in the petrochemicals and oil and gas industries.

Anwer, A., Contributing Writer

After carbon steel, stainless steel remains the most commonly used material in the petrochemicals and oil and gas industries. Its long range of chemical resistance against corrosion has made it the first choice for owners/users. With an extended family of grades, stainless steel is resistant to many other damage mechanisms, as well. The variation of grades within austenitic stainless steel is appreciable, with each grade specified for special exposure. Significant runs of piping and equipment onsite made from stainless-steel material handle the most business-critical process service and serve as the lifeline to the least business-critical utility. Resistant to many damage mechanisms, stainle

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