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The oil and gas industry demands high-performance, corrosion-resistant alloys (CRAs) for a variety of applications. Both field and production conditions require the use of nickel-aluminum bronze, Beryllium copper and other CRAs for critical components like down-hole tubing, Christmas tree and wellhead components, vessels, valves and heat exchangers, and other types of safety-sensitive equipment. CRAs are also needed in virtually every type of pipeline and piping infrastructure used in the oil extraction, transport and refinement sectors of the industry.
It is vital to comprehensively consider the environmental factors that influence CRA materials performance to ensure you select the right product for the job. Examples include minimum and maximum temperature ranges, carbon dioxide partial pressure, hydrogen sulfide partial pressure, pH levels, sulfur concentrations and concentrations of chloride ions. These factors influence a wide range of performance characteristics, including rates of metal dissolution, stress corrosion cracking risks, prevention of repassivation, and overall stability.
Copper and copper-nickel alloys, such as nickel-aluminum bronze and Beryllium copper, are among the industry’s preferred CRAs. However, it is necessary to adhere to existing guidelines and best practices in order to guarantee safety, performance and stability. While protocols and standards are in place, oil and gas companies should still perform their own careful evaluations when selecting CRAs to meet their operational needs.
Farmers Copper is recognized as one of the oldest family-owned and operated metal service centers in the U.S., and our team specializes in providing high-performance CRAs that exceed industry standards and ensure your satisfaction. For assistance in selecting a metal or alloy for a particular application, or to request an estimate for nickel-aluminum bronze and Beryllium copper products, contact our team today.