The unavailability of coal fired electrical generating capacity is often attributable to corrosion in steam generators. Electricity demand grows faster than new plants come online, forcing greater use of old plants. Identifying such problems requires proper inspection tools and techniques to take the guesswork out of whether boiler tubes should be repaired or replaced.
Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of carbon steel in fuel ethanol service has been observed in an increasing number of failures in the last few years. In the presence of oxygen, all of the samples evaluated in this study produced varying degrees of SCC, except for one of the producer ethanol samples. The reason for the high corrosion potential in this sample is still unknown and more detailed analysis of the sample chemical make-up is needed.