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Stainless Steel: How Problems Arise and How to Avoid Them

Stainless Steel: How Problems Arise and How to Avoid Them

Mackey, Erin, Tom Seacord, Stephen Lamb
Published In: 
Opflow,  
November 2013
Stainless steel—widely used in drinking water, wastewater, and water reuse systems—can fail from corrosion. Careful attention should be paid to specification, handling, and installation of stainless steel piping and components. This article encompasses several aspects of stainless steel corrosion, including: how corrosion occurs, common cuases of corrosion (microbiologically induced corrosion, mismatch of steel and environment, wrong material combination), and provides tips for avoiding corrosion (preparing and handling steel, ensuring steel is clean, eliminate/minimize field welding, dissimilar metals, surface finishing, and water chemistry).
Mackey, E., T. Seacord, T., and S. Lamb. 2013. "Stainless Steel: How Problems Arise and How to Avoid Them." Opflow. Volume 39, Number 11, pp:20-23.