The failure of a conditioning tower at a cement plant was investigated. It was found that the structure failed due to a combination of high temperature oxidation and sulphidation. This was aggravated by the presence of sodium and potassium salts in the exit gases. It was concluded that a stainless steel with a higher chromium content than the 3CR12 would be more suitable for this application.
van Bennekom, A. and Potgieter, J.H. (2000), "An examination of the cause of extensive corrosion of the shell of a 3CR12 conditioning tower in a cement plant", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 47 No. 3, pp. 152-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/00035590010334115
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