A case history is described involving microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) of AISI Type 304L stainless steel piping failure after being in contact with untreated stagnant, low chloride potable water for nine months. Specialized microbiological analysis techniques, including scanning electron and optical cmicroscopy, were used in the failure analysis.
Austenitic stainless steels are susceptible to caustic stress corrosion cracking (SCC) above 121°C. When sulfides are present in caustic solutions the SCC has been reported to occur at lower temperatures. This paper discusses a study of the role of sulfide in caustic solutions on SCC of austenitic stainless at T=~50°C.
Low Cr (3 to 5%) bearing steels have been developed and used in CO2 environment as materials to meet "Fitness for Purpose". However, the SSC and SCC resistance of low Cr bearing steel have not been clarified. This paper presents the effect of carbon content, microstructure, and tempering temperature on the SSC and SCC resistance as well as CO2 corrosion resistance of low Cr steel (3%Cr steel).