Failure investigation of a cooling coil tube in zinc roaster furnace

Rao, M Ananda and Babu, S R and Kumar, M V Pavan (2017) Failure investigation of a cooling coil tube in zinc roaster furnace. Engineering Failure Analysis, 77 (IF-1.676). pp. 118-123.

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The failure analysis of a cooling coil tube employed to extract the sensible heat of roasted zinc sulfide ore in a fluidised bed furnace type roasting unit was reported. The coils are prone to service degradation and subsequent failure due to the extreme operating conditions (920-960 degrees C). Severe corrosion attack and cracks were seen on the outer surface of the tube upon visual examination. The optical microscopy performed at the crack tip confirmed the deformation induced pearlitic banded structure. The corrosion products at the failure regions were rich in iron and zinc as revealed in the analysis by SEM with EDS. The galvanic corrosion between Fe and Zn is found to be the primary cause of the failure. It is hypothesized that the type of corrosion is possible with the zinc oxide acting as cathode with reference to the coil tube's outer surface. The selective corrosion resulted in the preferential corrosion attack and led to the premature failure of the tube. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Galvanic corrosion; Localized corrosion; Cooling coils; Zinc oxide; Zinc roaster
Divisions:Metal Extraction and Forming
ID Code:7612
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:18 Aug 2017 17:43
Last Modified:03 Nov 2017 15:08
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