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Failure Analysis for the Oil, Gas, Chemical, & Nuclear Industries

Producing, refining, and processing oil, gas, and chemical products degrade equipment that must operate in highly corrosive environments. Failure mechanisms include:

  • Stress corrosion cracking
  • Hydrogen sulfide attack
  • Erosion-corrosion
  • Fatigue
  • Caustic attack
  • Acid pitting
  • Hydrogen embrittlement

In addition to a laboratory dedicated to corrosion tests, SwRI has proven expertise in identifying and solving problems in the field. Past investigations have identified failures in:

  • Rupture disks
  • Heat exchangers
  • Boiler tubes
  • Drill collars
  • Oil well tubing
  • Pressure vessels
  • Steel and polymer pipelines for gas and liquids