Comparative Study on Flow-Accelerated Corrosion and Erosion
Electrochemical measurements and surface analysis are performed to comparatively study flowaccelerated
corrosion (FAC) and erosion–corrosion (E-C) behavior at a 90° carbon steel bend. The
corrosion rates are higher under FAC conditions than those under E-C conditions. For FAC, the
corrosion is more serious at the inside wall. However, corrosion is exacerbated at the outside wall
under E-C conditions. No erosion scratches are observed under FAC conditions and at the inside wall
under E-C conditions, while remarkable erosion scratches appear at the outside wall under E-C
conditions. The dominant hydrodynamics affecting FAC and E-C are remarkably different.