ASTM G189-07

    Standard Guide for Laboratory Simulation of Corrosion Under Insulation

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers the simulation of corrosion under insulation (CUI), including both general and localized attack, on insulated specimens cut from pipe sections exposed to a corrosive environment usually at elevated temperature. It describes a CUI exposure apparatus (hereinafter referred to as a CUI-Cell), preparation of specimens, simulation procedures for isothermal or cyclic temperature, or both, and wet/dry conditions, which are parameters that need to be monitored during the simulation and the classification of simulation type.

    1.2 The application of this guide is broad and can incorporate a range of materials, environments and conditions that are beyond the scope of a single test method. The apparatus and procedures contained herein are principally directed at establishing acceptable procedures for CUI simulation for the purposes of evaluating the corrosivity of CUI environments on carbon and low alloy pipe steels, and may possibly be applicable to other materials as well. However, the same or similar procedures can also be utilized for the evaluation of (1) CUI on other metals or alloys, (2) anti-corrosive treatments on metal surfaces, and (3) the potential contribution of thermal insulation and its constituents on CUI. The only requirements are that they can be machined, formed or incorporated into the CUI-Cell pipe configuration as described herein.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    A106/A106M Specification for Seamless Carbon Steel Pipe for High-Temperature Service

    C552 Specification for Cellular Glass Thermal Insulation

    C871 Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Thermal Insulation Materials for Leachable Chloride, Fluoride, Silicate, and Sodium Ions

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    G1 Practice for Preparing, Cleaning, and Evaluating Corrosion Test Specimens

    G3 Practice for Conventions Applicable to Electrochemical Measurements in Corrosion Testing

    G5 Reference Test Method for Making Potentiodynamic Anodic Polarization Measurements

    G15 Terminology Relating to Corrosion and Corrosion Testing

    G31 Guide for Laboratory Immersion Corrosion Testing of Metals

    G46 Guide for Examination and Evaluation of Pitting Corrosion

    G59 Test Method for Conducting Potentiodynamic Polarization Resistance Measurements

    G102 Practice for Calculation of Corrosion Rates and Related Information from Electrochemical Measurements


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 23.040.99 (Other pipeline components)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/G0189-07

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