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    Role of Organic Acids in Cleaning Stainless Steels

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    The author discusses the various uses of organic acids in the preparation and maintenance of stainless steels. Included is a review of the fundamental properties of organic acids, and a discussion of the methods of use in acid and alkaline cleaning, electropolishing, and the application of oxalate coatings. Emphasis is placed on providing a state-of-the-art survey of these current and potential uses of organic acids.


    cleaning, stainless steels, chelating agents, finishing, acidity, buffering

    Author Information:

    Blume, W. J.
    Technical service representative, Pfizer Chemicals Division, Brooklyn, N.

    Committee/Subcommittee: A01.13

    DOI: 10.1520/STP41373S