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Title: Stress Corrosion Cracking of Ferritic Materials for Fossil Power Generation Applications

Creep strength enhanced ferritic (CSEF) steels Grades 23, 24, 91, and 92 have been widely implemented in the fossil fired industry for over two decades. The stress corrosion cracking (SCC) behavior of these materials with respect to mainstay Cr-Mo steels (such as Grades 11, 12 and 22) has not been properly assessed, particularly in consideration of recent reported issues of SCC in CSEF steels. This report details the results of Jones test exposures of a wide range of materials (Grades 11, 22, 23, 24, and 92), material conditions (as-received, improper heat treatments, normalized, weldments) and environments (salt fog; tube cleaning environments including decreasing, scale removal, and passivation; and high temperature water) to compare the susceptibility to cracking of these steels. In the as-received (normalized and tempered) condition, none of these materials are susceptible to SCC in the environments examined. However, in the hardened condition, certain combinations of environment and alloy reveal substantial SCC susceptibility.
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. ORNL
  2. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
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Conference: 11th International EPRI Conference on Welding and Repair Technology for Power Plants, Naples, FL, USA, 20140625, 20140627
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
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ORNL work for others
Country of Publication:
United States
stress corrosion cracking; ferritic; fossil power generation