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Cleaning of SS pipes



(-----) 2006

After welding of small diameter of SS pipes we notice the HAZ black in colour. External side we go for pick/passivation. Is there any solution for internal cleaning where areas are not reached manually? or any other solution to avoid this black colour on internal sides of ss pipes.

Sreenath
gatewall - Abudhabi, UAE
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First of three simultaneous responses -- 2006

Use an inert gas purge inside the pipes during welding. Avoid pickling the insides; it roughens surfaces and is very difficult to inspect. Clean and passivate the insides by pumping solutions & rinsewater. Blow dry with clean air. ASTM ASTM A380 [link is to the practice at TechStreet] gives useful information.

Ken Vlach [dec]
- Goleta, California

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Second of three simultaneous responses -- 2006

Setting up a slow purge of nitrogen or preferably argon thru the tube will significantly reduce the black oxide formed.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida
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Third of three simultaneous responses -- 2006

Purchase specification ASTM A967 / A967M [affil. link to spec at Techstreet] and recommended practice ASTM A380 [link is to the practice at TechStreet] and take you pick from multiple methods of cleaning up your welds.

Joseph Lockrem
- Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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