February 2010 Vol. 237 No. 2

Features

Material Selection For Sour Service Environment

Let us consider the properties of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas which is also known as sour gas or sulfuretted hydrogen. It is possibly the second-most deadly gas after carbon monoxide that man can encounter in the industrial environment. Common in all sectors of the petroleum industry, this gas can be found in any location where decaying matter is present. Knowledge of the properties of H2S is important to understand the role of this gas. Materials Selection The materials selection process should reflect the overall philosophy regarding design life, cost profile, inspection and maintenance philosophy, safety and environmental profile, failure risk evaluations and other specific p

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