Stainless Steels for Chemical Process Equipment (14038)
By G. Kobrin et al., reprinted from Stainless Steel World, Volume 10, Issue 4, May 1998. Chemical process equipment, piping systems and instrumentation all make extensive use of austenitic stainless steel materials of construction. Most commonly used are wrought AISI types 304L and 316L and the cast version of 316 known as CF-8M. A vast body of knowledge is available on the properties and applicability of these alloys. This article provides practical guidance on ten issues most often raised by designers, plant engineers and maintenance people on stainless steels in process equipment applications. These issues are often the key to successful operation of plant equipment.