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An 8 in. diam stainless steel black liquor feed pipe to a carbon steel digester had failed within one year of service. The material was type 316 molybdenum-containing austenitic stainless steel. The service environment was alkaline black liquor at 175 deg C (350 deg F). The pipe had developed cracks on the inside surface coincident with an external support gusset. The cracks initiated at wide corrosion grooves. The early stages were corrosion-assisted fatigue cracks. The cracks initiated at the corrosion grooves and propagated as transgranular SCC with characteristic branching. Evaluation indicated the cracks were localized in an area of...

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