Tungum® vs. 316/316L Stainless Steel, a lesson in history.

Tungum® vs. 316/316L Stainless Steel, a lesson in history.

Please read our latest case study, #Tungum vs. 316/316L Stainless Steel.

Why Tungum® alloy tube is chosen instead of 316/316L stainless steel in offshore applications

In salt-laden marine atmospheres, #316 stainless steel is susceptible to pitting and crevice corrosion. After several years of salt spray exposure, 316 stainless steel tubing may still look bright from a distance, but closer inspection reveals tell-tale signs of imminent failure to hold pressure.  

Tungum alloy, however, possesses a natural protection mechanism whereby, on exposure to salt spray, a very thin oxide coating is generated over the exposed surface, no more than two thousandths of an inch thick when complete. The tube becomes discolored, and may even have a verdigris coating, but under the oxide layer the tube material is perfect with the wall thickness unaffected. Operators realized they had a tube material which, when used on appropriate circuits, was capable of lasting the life of the platform without being disturbed.

For more information on using Tungum tube on your offshore project or any other application, please concat any of us at T2 Alloys Limited


Case study #36 can be accessed on our website, https://www.t2alloys.com/case-studies.html