A corrosion spreading throughout the 304 stainless steel tubing of a water system to supply various buildings was observed, and also leaks were detected in welding zones. The same place is also crossed by a gas distribution network, with a helium pipe 316 of stainless steel that required periodic repairs more or less every two years, due to the presence of leaks. The tests showed that both types of stainless steel have suffered localized corrosion induced by hypochlorite ion, in a mechanism of dry/wet, and that the welding procedure performed on the 304 stainless steel is unacceptable. Some immediate procedures were undertaken to keep systems running, but recommendations were given for a final resolution of the problems. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
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