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Blistering in sea water pipe line in OTEC plant

Blistering in sea water pipe line in OTEC plant

Blistering in sea water pipe line in OTEC plant

I am a mechanical Engineer, working for NAtional Institute of Ocean technology (NIOT, INDIA) WE have a 1 meter diameter sea water pipe line in our experimental Ocean Thermal Energy conversion program. This stee pipe line after two intermittent tests has shown severe blistering to the tune of 4 mm scales coming from the inside of the pipeline. WE have used (6%) NaOcl sodium hypocholorite for preventing biofouling ( separately injected.)

Now what surprises us is that we opened this section of the line before tests and found no scaling and after the tests where the water sea water went thru with NaoCl, and after a week when we opened we found severe scaling..

now is it due to NaoCl??? or was it a long term phenomena which occurred and got accetuanated after this test???
I need some insight in to this??? What is the best solution to prevent this???

RE: Blistering in sea water pipe line in OTEC plant

(Vijay Cor Eng)

Most scaling on seawater line is due to Carbonate scaling
this is enhaced in alakline condition. The introduction of NaOCl have increased the PH leval in the area. Try using liquid chlorine to control biofouling or try structured biocites injection for the management.

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