Materials: Developing a Stainless Steel Standard for Desalination and Water Industry Applications
By Tom Seacord, PE, Erin Mackey, PhD, PE, and Stephen Lamb
Of the more than $75-billion spent globally on desalination plant construction, 15% of these construction costs are associated with stainless steel materials. Owners of desalination and water treatment plants expect expensive stainless steel materials to last as long as the bond payment period for their capital improvement projects (typically 20 to 30 years). However, stainless steel corrosion continues to be a costly and common problem. At this point, engineers and owners lack adequate resources to help them understand how to properly select these materials and specify the appropriate construction methods.
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