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stagnate boiler feed water with 321 stainless steel

stagnate boiler feed water with 321 stainless steel

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We have 321 stainless steel radiation tubes of furnace that filled with stagnate boiler feed water (doesn't contain chloride)during the maintenance and welding work due to safety precautions. Can this water have harmful effect on this material under such conditions and period of time?

RE: stagnate boiler feed water with 321 stainless steel

hi
is your BFW well treated (inhibitor, oxygen scavenger)
what is the O2 content ?
I would say that well treated BFW, even stagnant, is not corrosive to SS 321.

regards

RE: stagnate boiler feed water with 321 stainless steel

If the stagnant boiler feedwater contains oxygen it will result in corrosion pits to the 321 stainless steel tubing. There should be no feedwater touching these tubes, if possible.

RE: stagnate boiler feed water with 321 stainless steel

My preference is definitely to keep austenitic heater tubes under dry, O2 free nitrogen purge if at all possible.

Be careful, depending on what the furnace has run, polythionic acid stress corrosion cracking could be a concern, even on 321 tubes (impossible to know that you haven't had a hot spot that's hot enough to sensitize the tubes). Not just on the ID either, if there's sulfur in your fuel gas, you can get OD initiating PASCC. If you're dead set on filling them with water and there's any sort of sulfur in whatever is being heated in the tubes, you'll probably want to use a soda ash solution rather than straight boiler feed water.

Nathan Brink

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