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How To Prevent Critical Damage From Corrosion In Industrial Steel Piping

Many industrial processes are highly corrosive in nature and cause cracks in piping. Fortunately, there are some solutions you can use to avoid damage to your industrial piping during operations.

Alloy 20 Piping

One approach for making sure that corrosion doesn't destroy anything important around industrial piping is to use piping alloy that is highly resistant to corrosion. An example of a piping material with this quality is Alloy 20. This alloy is made of nickel, molybdenum, and chromium.

This alloy is especially useful if you have problems with corrosion to piping made of conventional stainless steel. The alloy is known for not only being highly resistant to corrosion, but also for being easy to create and having efficient mechanical properties.


Other processes are also emerging that help make steel resistant to corrosion. An example is nano-manufacturing. This technology involves using particles below what the naked eye can detect to make steel as much as 10 times stronger and more resistant to cracking from corrosion. The idea is that by controlling how metals form at the nanoscale you can create new properties.

Historically, the problem with this approach has been creating the properties desired reliably time after time. New breakthroughs are allowing companies to gain that kind of control, however. An example is called electroplating. This process is currently used to dunk metals in a chemical wash of metal ions and an electrical current in order to strengthen metal coating.

The new version of electroplating is able to control the process on the nanoscale in order to layer the ions at precise locations. In fact, the process is so complex that each nanometer-thick layer is made up of different components. These special layers are specifically resistant to cracks forming through them.

Corrosion Detection

Another way to prevent industrial operations from sustaining damage from pipe corrosion is to have better systems for detecting pipe cracking. That way, the pipes can be repaired much more quickly as soon as the crack is identified. New systems are coming out that help detect problems in industrial processes.

Other systems that are currently checking for corrosion include those for fire sprinkler systems. The fire sprinkler variety for industrial locations even has the option for you to push a button to get an instant result on potential corrosion signs in the local piping systems so the corrosion can be patched. These systems often use new advances in smart sensors.

For more information, or if you're interested in getting Alloy 20 pipe, visit James Duva Inc.