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A type 304 austenitic stainless steel tube (0.008 max C, 18.00 to 20.00 Cr, 2.00 max Mn, 8.00 to 10.50 Ni) was found to be corroded. The tube was part of a piping system, not yet placed in service, that was exposed to an outdoor marine environment containing chlorides. As part of the assembly, a fabric bag containing palladium oxide was taped to the tube. The palladium served as a “getter.” Investigation (visual inspection and EDS analysis of corrosion debris) supported the conclusion that chlorides and palladium both contributed to corrosion in the crevice created by the tape on...

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