Understanding corrosion and oxidation

12/10/2015 - Innovation and R&D, Germany, Power generation
Vallourec deepens research on high temperature corrosion.

​​​​​​​​​​​Vallourec Research Center Germany in Düsseldorf-Rath presents its high temperature corrosion (HTC) laboratory.

High temperature corrosion is a major topic in the field of power plant engineering, because steam at high pressure and temperature, as well as flue gases from the combustion process put steam piping systems and boiler tubes under severe conditions. The development of new, corrosion resistant materials is therefore of great interest to this industry.

Vallourec’s HTC laboratory has two parts, linked to the two major areas of high temperature corrosion:
Flue gases resulting from the combustion affect the outside of the tube
Vallourec is starting true pioneering work in studying flue gas corrosion, which is regarded as particularly critical. For the first time it is possible to test the behavior of materials in aggressive environments that form during combustions of various coals or mixed forms of combustion, such as coal and biomass.
Steam attacks the inside of the tube
The laboratory enables Vallourec to further develop its know-how in this domain.
Javier Pirón, head of the HTC laboratory, explains “We are looking for an intensive exchange with our customers, but also with other laboratories and test institutes. In our laboratory, we want to come as close as possible to the conditions actually encountered during power plant operation. The goal is to develop new materials, which are more resistant to corrosion.”

Click here​ to read the full interview and to find more information about Vallourec’s HTC laboratory.

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