Quality control in district heating systems to keep uniform corrosion rates low and localized corrosion minimal is based on water quality control. Side-stream units equipped with carbon steel probes for online monitoring were mounted in district heating plants to investigate which techniques would be applicable, and if on-line monitoring could improve the quality control. Water quality monitoring was applied as well as corrosion rate monitoring with linear polarization resistance (LPR), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), electrical resistance (ER) technique, mass loss and a crevice corrosion cell for localized corrosion risk estimation. Important variations in corrosion rate due to changes in make-up water quality were detected with the continuous monitoring provided by ER and crevice cell, while LPR gave unreliable corrosion rates. The acquisition time of two-three days for EIS measurements was too long for real time data, and reliable mass loss data could only be obtained after 6 months exposure. It was furthermore found that localized corrosion events detected by the carbon steel crevice corrosion cell correlated with oxygen peaks of even a few hours duration.
|Title of host publication||Corrosion2005|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|Event||Corrosion 2005 - Houston, TX, United States|
Duration: 3 Apr 2005 → 7 Apr 2005
|Period||03/04/2005 → 07/04/2005|