Offshore, Shipbuilding, and Marine Equipment
An air system on a marine platform unexpectedly shut down due to the failure of a union nut, which led to an investigation to quantify the material limitations of bronze alloys in corrosive marine environments. The study focused on two alloys: Al-Si bronze, as used in the failed component, and Ni-Al bronze, which has a history of success in naval applications. Material samples were examined using chemical analysis, SEM imaging, and corrosion testing. Investigators also analyzed precracked tension specimens, exposing them to different conditions to quantify stress intensity thresholds for environmentally assisted cracking. Al-Si bronze was found to be...