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    Oxygen Compatibility of Metals and Alloys

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    The oxygen compatibility of metals and alloys is highly important because they constitute the major part of most oxygen systems. The recent development of semi-standard tests for metal specimens has greatly increased our understanding of the ignitability and combustibility of commonly used metals and alloys. The results of such testing are summarized and discussed for the major alloy groups.

    The need for interaction among material choice, component and system design, and operational procedures to arrive at the most economical safe solution is stressed. Some possible ways for producing metals or alloys with decreased combustibility in oxygen are suggested.


    oxygen, metals, alloys, oxygen compatibility, safety, ignitability, combustibility, flammability, selection, testing, particle impact, frictional heating, promoted combustion

    Author Information:

    Lowrie, R
    Consultant, Fallbrook, CA

    Committee/Subcommittee: G04.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP24845S