Published: Nov 2012
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The process of selecting materials for use in oxygen or oxygen-enriched environments is one that continues to be investigated by many industries because of the importance to those industries of oxygen systems. There are several excellent resources available to assist oxygen systems design engineers and end-users, with the most comprehensive being the second edition of ASTM MNL-36, Safe Use of Oxygen and Oxygen Systems: Handbook for Design, Operation and Maintenance. ASTM also makes available several standards for oxygen systems. However, the ASTM publications are extremely detailed and typically are designed for professionals who already possess a working knowledge of oxygen systems. No notable resource exists, whether an ASTM publication or that of some other organization, that can be used to educate engineers or technicians who have no prior knowledge of the nuances of oxygen system design and safety. This paper will fill the void for information needed by organizations that design or operate oxygen systems. The information in this paper is not new, but it provides a concise and easily understood summary of the selection of materials for oxygen systems. This paper will serve well as an employee's first introduction to oxygen system materials selection, and probably as the employee's first introduction to ASTM.
Davis, Samuel Edgar
Materials and Processes Laboratory, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Huntsville, AL