Steel Pipe Inspection
Time : 2022-08-15
Steel Pipe Inspection

Carbon steel is the most widely used material for piping systems and components in power plants, oil refineries and petrochemical plants, and many other types of industrial and manufacturing facilities. In fact carbon steel actually accounts for nearly 85% of all annual steel production worldwide. It’s used so widely because of its ready availability and relatively low cost. In certain applications however, corrosive chemicals and other environmental factors can lead to severe deterioration and degradation of carbon steel. The good news? Corrosion can be fought by keeping up with prudent monitoring, carbon steel pipe inspections, and repair practices.

There are safety measures that can be taken in order to identify and remedy corrosion problems before they turn into costly disasters. Here are some things to consider when designing your corrosion control program:

An effective inspection, monitoring and record-keeping process is imperative. Monitoring methods can include both off-line inspections taken during maintenance, and on-line monitoring (using methods such as linear polarization resistance, electrochemical noise, or electrical resistance).

Select the proper material based on application and plant operating conditions. If the process is subject to chemical corrosion, the proper materials must be specified.

Replace carbon steel components with more corrosion-resistant materials. Whether the inspection has identified the necessity of new piping or you just want to prevent future corrosion problems, replacing carbon steel components with more corrosion-resistant material is a good idea.

Insulation can significantly speed up corrosion. Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) has been an ongoing concern for many years, especially in the petrochemical industry. In fact, one study states that 40-60% of all pipe maintenance costs are caused by CUI and approximately 10% of all maintenance costs a facility faces is due to CUI. Properly installed insulation and application of corrosion protection can help slow corrosion, but regular inspection and material testing under insulation is important. Immediately make repairs to any metal piping or components that show signs of distress from CUI, and replace or repair insulation as necessary.

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