Corrosion and Erosion
The enormous costs incurred by Energy and Petrochemical companies when constructing new plants makes maximizing the lifetime of plant equipment a top priority. Driving processes to higher temperatures often has the effect of significantly increasing the overall efficiency of the process, but corrosion, erosion, thermal aging or metal dusting of materials results in decreased lifetimes. Those companies which design novel materials and thermal-protective-coatings are in an ideal position to minimize maintenance downtime and minimize operating expenditures, improving their competitive edge.
Pipe and vessel erosion resulting from high-shear liquid flow or high-shear solids transport either in slurry or gas-phase processes causes costly downtime and requires expensive replacement of defective parts. Innovative companies are investing substantial R&D in developing novel coating materials and new alloys with increased mechanical resistance to liquid and solids erosion.