A corrosion cracking assessment evaluated a 13Cr-5Ni-2Mo 110 ksi grade martensitic stainless steel as a potential well tubing material for oil and gas production from Gulf of Mexico reservoirs. Also, Stress Corrosion Cracking at low H2S/low temp/high acidity (pH<3.5) was tested by Cyclic Slow Strain Rate.
Multiple leaks occurred with a carbon steel pipe carrying hot condensate water (300F and 140 psi). A root cause analysis was performed, including visual and metallographic examination of two failed samples chemical, analysis of weld metal and base metal and chemical analysis of water samples. Results show that flow accelerated corrosion (FAC) was the responsible mechanism leading to the failures.