Description: The corrosion characteristics of the desert atmosphere environment near Barstow, CA have been evaluated for the solar pilot plant receiver panel. Potential degradation mechanisms considered were hot corrosion from molten salts and stress corrosion cracking in aqueous environments. The possibility of degradation from these mechanisms depends on the chemical composition of airborne particulates, aerosols, and gases. These particulates and aerosols were collected near the pilot plant site and analyzed for water and acid soluble Na/sup +/, Mg/sup + +/, Li/sup +/, S/sup =/, SO/sub 4//sup =/, and Cl/sup -/. Comparison and evaluation of the quantities of these ions present with those necessary for corrosion indicate that external corrosion of the receiver due to the desert atmosphere environment is unlikely.
Date: September 1, 1981
Creator: Hughes, D.A.
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