Nickel-base alloys 718, 725, and 925 are commonly used in oil and natural gas production. Being heavily alloyed multi-component systems; these materials require special consideration for processing and heat treatments. This paper shows the effect of intergranular precipitates on mechanical properties and slow strain rate (SSR) test results in sour oil patch environments.
In a 1998 study, costs for corrosion in USA were estimated to be about 276 billion US-$. One way to reduce this gigantic amount of money is to use modern stainless steels and nickel alloys with excellent resistance to various forms of corrosion in corrosive environments like seawater, brines, oil and sour gas wells.