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Overview of Cracking

Cracking is the the physical response in a material or piece of equipment to excessive exposure to damaging conditions. Cracking is usually caused by stress, although it can be exacerbated by other factors. It should go without saying, that you do not want cracking in your equipment.

There are several different types of cracking that affect fixed equipment in the processing industries. These include, but are not limited to:

These and other damage mechanisms are covered in greater detail in API RP 571 - Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry.

 

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