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ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories

Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis

Edited by
Khlefa A. Esaklul
Khlefa A. Esaklul
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ASM International
Volume
2
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-215-0
Publication date:
1993
Book Chapter

Failure of a Reactor Tube

By
J. Ciulik
J. Ciulik
Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department, Radian Corporation
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Published:
1993
Page range:
187 - 191

Abstract

A low-carbon steel (St35.8) tube in a phthalic anhydride reactor system failed. Visual and stereomicroscopic examination of fracture surfaces revealed heavy oxide/deposits on the outer surface of the tube, tube wall thinning in the area of the fracture, and discolorations and oxides/deposits on the inner surface. Cross sections from the fracture surface were metallographically examined, and the deposits were analyzed. It was determined that the tube had thinned from the inner surface because of a localized overheating condition (probably resulting from a runaway chemical reaction within the tube) and then fractured, which allowed molten salt to flow into the tube.

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J. Ciulik, 1993. "Failure of a Reactor Tube", Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis, Khlefa A. Esaklul

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