Condenser Tube Materials for Seawater Service

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R. B. Niederberger

U. S. Navy Marine Engineering Laboratory, Annapolis, Md.

J. Eng. Power 88(4), 410-414 (Oct 01, 1966) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3678578 History: Received March 09, 1966; Online January 10, 2012


The results of a series of investigations to assess the performance of a variety of alloys in small experimental condenser configurations at seawater velocities of 10 to 20 fps are summarized. They demonstrate that the addition of 1 percent aluminum increases the maximum velocity limits of copper-nickel alloys to 12–15 fps. Stainless steels, nickel alloys, and titanium are satisfactory for use at velocities of 20 fps, but many of these would be susceptible to pitting and/or crevice corrosion under stagnant conditions.

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