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Localized Corrosion Characteristics of Nickel Alloys: A Review


There are a great variety of commercial nickel alloys mainly because nickel is able to dissolve a large amount of alloying elements while maintaining a single ductile austenitic phase. Nickel alloys are generally designed for and used in highly aggressive environments, for example, those where stainless steels may experience pitting corrosion or environmentally assisted cracking. While nickel alloys are generally resistant to pitting corrosion in chloride-containing environments, they may be prone to crevice corrosion attack. Addition of chromium, molybdenum and tungsten increases the localized corrosion resistance of nickel alloys. This review on the resistance to localized corrosion of nickel alloys includes specific environments such as those present in oil and gas upstream operations, in the chemical process industry and in seawater service.

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Klapper, H.S., Zadorozne, N.S. & Rebak, R.B. Localized Corrosion Characteristics of Nickel Alloys: A Review. Acta Metall. Sin. (Engl. Lett.) 30, 296–305 (2017).

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  • Nickel alloys
  • Localized corrosion
  • Oil and gas
  • Seawater
  • Chemical process industry