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Overview of API RP 571 - Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry

API RP 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry, Second Edition, is a recommended practice developed and published by the American Petroleum Institute (API) that provides an in-depth look at over 60 different damage mechanisms that can occur to process equipment in refineries. The first edition was published in December of 2003, and an updated second edition was released in April of 2011. It includes a general description of the damage mechanism, susceptible materials of construction, critical factors, inspection method selection guidelines, and control factors. This RP is intended to supplement API RP 580, API RP 581, and API RP 579 and is 257 pages long.

API RP 571 contains sections for different types of damage mechanisms. Each mechanism is given a write up that consists of a description of the mechanism, a list of materials that are susceptible to that mechanism, guidelines for inspecting for that mechanism, and measures that can be taken to prevent or mitigate that particular mechanism.

Examples of the types of damage mechanisms covered by API RP 571 include, but are not limited to:

 

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