Featured Story

Our Featured Story archive is a collection of the Featured Story’s which have been published in our magazine and taken pride of place as the ‘unique feature article’ on our Stainless Steel World Americas home page. In addition to industry updates, market news and topical issues of the day the Feature Story provides an interesting mix of company profiles, in-depth technical articles, reports from major end users and features projects in a variety of industries ranging from oil & gas, chemical and petrochemical to the architecture, power generation, medical and food and beverage industries.

Understanding the Connection Between Reliability and Safety

Reliability goes beyond the technical details of industrial assets; it is a mindset. Enhancing equipment performance not only optimizes operations but also impacts human lives. The lack of reliability results in leaks, uncontrolled releases, and catastrophic equipment failures that could jeopardize the workplace. Tami Glasper, the Reliability Manager at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. spoke to Stainless Steel World Americas and provided valuable insights into her role and the critical intersection of reliability and safety.

Comparing the Passivation Performance of Common Stainless Steels in Green Leaching Solutions for Metal...

For decades, the use of extremely toxic and environmentally detrimental cyanide in the hydrometallurgical extraction of gold has been a target of research looking for greener alternatives. One promising alternative for cyanide is non-toxic thiosulfate solutions. In fact, for carbonaceous gold ores, the recovery of gold has been shown to improve with thiosulfate solutions versus cyanide. This is attributed to the thiosulfate compound with gold not adsorbing on the carbonaceous ore, unlike that of cyanide compound with gold. In addition, hydrometallurgical leaching with thiosulfate is more economically viable versus cyanide due to the lower costs of thiosulfate salts versus that of cyanide.

Corrosion and Cracking of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is used in multiple industries (e.g., food, medical, chemical, oil and gas) and various manufacturing processes for aesthetic purposes and high resistance to corrosion in harsh environments. There are five basic families of stainless steel: austenitic, ferritic, martensitic, duplex, and precipitation hardened. Of these, austenitic is considered the most resistant to corrosion.

Pursuing the Niche Markets in Air, Water, and Energy Where a Stainless Product Will...

The Air, Water, Energy (AWE) industry, defined broadly, is a market of nearly 1 trillion dollars. Stainless steel is used in the structure and parts in more than 15% of the applications. Stainless is selected to protect either the hardware or the product being manufactured. Various grades of stainless are selected based on corrosiveness, abrasion, pressure, and contamination. Sheets are used in ductwork, vessels, and components such as mist eliminators.

Process Flow Analysis Resolves Filter Changeout Issues at Steel Plant

A company helped a major steel product manufacturer to rectify downtime issues caused by frequent filter changeouts at its steel rolling mill. Unplanned downtime can result in reduced margins and loss of business. Therefore, finding the root cause of the problem was a priority; preferably without having to take the mill offline during the investigation.

Corrosion with Purpose: Electrochemical Machining Parts, Atom-By-Atom

When considering the various skills, procedures, materials, and systems in the fi eld of corrosion engineering, it is reasonable to assume that the bulk of this work is meant to prevent or deter said corrosion from occurring. However, a material removal method exists that utilizes the principles of corrosion and electrochemistry to “reverse engineer” the work of corrosion engineering to perform what can be equated to ‘controlled corrosion’ on metallic parts as a material removal process in-and-of-itself. This unique process is known as electrochemical machining (ECM), as well as its more advanced version called pulsed electrochemical machining (PECM).

Equipment Group International: Pioneering Excellence

From its humble beginnings, Equipment Group International (EGI) has evolved into a global manufacturer and distributor that specializes in servicing the Heat Transfer sector. With a focus on heat transfer equipment, such as heat exchangers, boilers, and air coolers, EGI is recognized for providing high-quality products and services. By providing maintenance and cleaning of critical components as well as a wide range of product solutions, the company has earned a reputation for exceeding the expectations of each of its customers.

What to Look for in Hydrogen Valves and How to Choose the Right One

As hydrogen becomes a more popular mobility solution, selecting the proper valves in vehicles and refueling stations becomes crucial.

Pipes, Valves, and Fittings: Fit for the Energy Transition

MRC Global is one of the most successful trusted pipe, valve, and fitting (PVF) distributors in its space. This is a position that has been shaped – in large part – by its people. Stainless Steel World Americas had the pleasure of speaking with MRC Global’s Robert Nunn, Executive Director of Stainless Steel & Alloys, to learn more about how MRC Global continues to provide excellent value to its customers, and how it is playing a pivotal role in the energy transition.

Introduction of Chrome Nickel Moly Alloy UNS N06059 as Choice of Stainless Steel Seamless...

Stainless steels alloyed with a high percentage of Chromium, Nickel, and Molybdenum have been widely popular as a material in the construction of heat exchanger tubing (as well as pipes, fittings, plates, and more) for demanding and highly corrosive process conditions such as acids and salts, as well as operating in high temperatures. The two most used alloys in this segment are UNS N10276 and UNS N06022. Another alloy, UNS N06059, is gaining popularity as a material used in severe corrosive environments.