Understanding the process of how your material is made is important when specifying for a new requirement. When welding a tube to size, most stainless tube manufacturing mills solely form the tube and weld it and perform little or no additional operations on the weld.
When specifying tubing for equipment used in power plant condensers, heat exchangers and desalination plants, finding a material that can safely and efficiently handle a variety of chemical environments is key.
In the power industry, every minute is crucial. That’s why there are few things more devastating than returning from a maintenance outage and learning that an on-time startup will be delayed due to condenser or key BOP exchanger leaks. These surprise failures are not uncommon, and yet many of the problems are easily preventable with [...]
Engineers have many choices when selecting tubing materials for the application at hand, whether it be a condenser or feedwater heater in a plant, or exhaust tube in an automobile. The wide variety of stainless steel choices available go far beyond 304 or 316! In fact, ASTM lists over 75 alloys, giving the engineer greater [...]