Stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of stainless steels in pulp cooking processes - Online capillary electrophoresis, potentiostatic and chromatographic studies

Heikki Leinonen, Heli Sirén, Pertti Vastamäki, Stella Rovio, Soili Peltonen, Teemu Työppönen, Jaakko Rämö

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An online high temperature capillary electrophoresis instrument (HotUCE), a potentiometer and an ion chromatograph were used in studies on corrosive ions and changes in potential at normal pulping process temperatures in experimental liquors modelling pulp cooking processes at mills. The aim was to evaluate the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibility of stainless steels. The HotUCE instrument and the potentiometer were online coupled with an autoclave, where welded duplex stainless steel samples were immersed for 500 h in simulated high ionic strength hot black liquor (HBL), hot white liquor (HWL) or green liquor (GL) at 130, 150 or 170 °C, respectively.

The results showed that only minor amounts of oxidized sulphur compounds were formed. The concentrations of corrosive sulphur anions were calculated against sulphur standards. Amounts of sulphur species in the liquor correlated with the changes in the potential of the duplex stainless steel specimens during the cooking experiments. The formation of sulphite during cooking was greater in HWL than in HBL. Changes in the potential showed that reduction processes occurred during the SCC tests. The results indicate that the SCC risk is enhanced at higher temperatures, probably, due to the increased formation of thiosulphate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653 - 661
JournalMaterials and Corrosion
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • analysis
  • online measurements
  • stainless steels
  • stress corrosion cracking
  • cracking
  • cracking (fracturing)

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