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Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 8–12 | Cite as

Corrosion of a stainless steel handrail

  • R. A. Corbett
  • F. M. Sherman
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Abstract

AISI 304 and 304L stainless steels are “workhores” grades of austenitic stainless steel frequently used in architectural applications, as well as in cookware, appliances, and numerous other applications where resistance to corrosion is required. This paper examines a corrosion failure (the appearance of rustlike stains on the surface) of a 304 stainless steel handrail that appears to have occurred as a result of contamination during the fabrication process.

Keywords

contamination handrail stainless steel surface imperfections 

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© ASM International 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Corbett
    • 1
  • F. M. Sherman
    • 1
  1. 1.Corrosion Testing LaboratoriesNewark

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