Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 490–493 | Cite as

Erosion Corrosion on Oil Coolers for Navy Ships

Lessons Learned


Incorrect material selection does not always lead to corrosion. In addition to an inferior selection of materials, unsuitable operating conditions and poor design also contributed to the presented failure. A combination of erosion and corrosion caused a leak in an oil cooler of a Navy ship. Because there was no welding seam between the deflectors and tube plate on the carbon steel cooler, cooling water could stream between them, and the flow rate became excessive. This caused erosion on the tube plate. In addition, the repeated change of the cooling liquid after servicing caused a uniform corrosion attack.


Corrosion Crevice corrosion Erosion corrosion Carbon steel Cooling liquid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and LubricantsErdingGermany

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