Practical Failure Analysis

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 45–49 | Cite as

SO2 heat exchanger failure

  • W. Reitz
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Abstract

Critical heat exchanger components are usually manufactured from durable steels, such as stainless steel, which exhibit good strength and corrosion resistance. Failure of a heat exchanger occurred due to specification of a plain carbon steel that did not survive service in the SO2 vapor environment. However, failure analysis showed that cavitation erosion was the responsible failure mechanism, not corrosion as might be expected.

Keywords

heat exchanger cavitation erosion plain carbon steel 316 stainless steel microstructure corrosion SO2 hardness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Reitz
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  1. 1.Mechanical EngineeringNorth Dakota State UniversityFargo

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