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RP0170-2004 RP0170-2004 Protection of Austenitic Stainless Steels and Other Austenitic Alloys from Polythionic Acid Stress Corrosion Cracking During Shutdown of Refinery Equipment

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Revision Date: August 04, 2004
Updated On: July 18, 2012
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Revised in 2004!! Examines varying procedures used by industry to protect austenitic stainless steel equipment while idle. Basic protection methods include nitrogen purging, alkaline wash solutions, and dry air purging. Protection of reactors is also addressed. Keywords: alkaline washing, austenitic stainless steels, nitrogen purging, polythionic acid, refinery equipment, stress corrosion cracking.

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