Galvanic Corrosion: A Practical Guide for Engineers

This new edition provides answers for some of the most common questions concerning galvanic corrosion in a wide variety of environments. It offers practical advice on the problems with galvanic corrosion and how to stop them.

The 2nd edition also contains new data and case studies in additional offshore environments (low oxygen and high temperature), caustic soda and atmospheric applications. Additional information on methods of prevention is also presented.

2017 by NACE International, 8" x 10", softbound, 150 pages.

This book is also available in e-book format. Item number is 37625-E.

Product Number: 37625
Author: Roger Francis
ISBN: 978-1- 57590-353- 8

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The Selection of Materials for Seawater Cooling Systems: A Practical Guide for Engineers

Designed as a practical guide for all engineers who have to design seawater cooling systems, this book covers the corrosion and performance of all the common alloys and non-metallics, and includes information on welding and joining. Aiming to help the reader avoid costly errors involving materials delivered to the site, the author offers advice on how to select and specify materials. The guide also covers many common problems in seawater systems and their solutions. A specialist chapter covers materials for handling seawater and brines in all three types of desalination plant. 2005 by NACE International Press, 8-1/2" x 11", softbound, 150 pages.

Product Number:   37589
Author:   Roger Francis
ISBN:   1-57590-186-2

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The Corrosion of Copper and its Alloys: A Practical Guide for Engineers

This book deals with the different forms of corrosion for copper and its alloys. It provides previously unpublished or hard-to-find data, providing a unique reference point for data on the corrosion of copper alloys. The book's chapters cover the following topics:

  • Copper alloys (composition and properties)
  • Film formation and properties
  • General corrosion
  • Various types of localized corrosion, such as pitting, erosion corrosion, dealloying, and corrosion fatigue
  • Galvanic corrosion
  • Specific environments, including underground corrosion, atmospheric corrosion, and corrosion in waters
  • Joining: corrosion of soldered, brazed, and welded joints

This book is packed with more than 100 photos, along with numerous tables and graphs. It will appeal to engineers who need or want to use copper alloys and need data on the potential corrosion problems and, specifically, how to avoid them. 2009 by NACE International, 6" x 9", softbound, 369 pages.  This was a top ten NACE bestseller for 2013/14.
Product Number:   37591
Author:   Roger Francis
ISBN:   9781575902257

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The Corrosion Performance of Metals for the Marine Environment: A Basic Guide (EFC 63)

Editor-in-Chief: R. Francis and C. Powell

Scientists and engineers have been studying and recording marine corrosion, its effects and the solutions for over 60 years. Many of these experiences have been written down, but not always in accessible places. Marine corrosion failures tend to recur in cycles as one group of engineers ages and retires and a younger generation takes over. Clearly, not all the experiences of senior engineers have been passed on. This has become more acute in the last ten years or so with early retirements and reduced manning, leaving even less time to educate new engineers.

This book was envisioned and created as a way of encouraging engineers new to the marine environment, and those just wanting to update their knowledge, to take advantage of the many years of accumulated experience with corrosion of metals in marine environments in a quick and concise manner.

It is designed to encourage regular reference, avoiding complicated technicalities and has been instigated and supported by many of the members of WP9 (Marine Corrosion) of the EFC (European Federation of Corrosion) and STG44 (Marine Corrosion) of NACE International.

Steels, stainless steels, as well as alloys of copper, nickel, aluminium and titanium are covered within each section providing a wealth of information. Applications, commonly used alloy compositions, mechanical properties and the types of corrosion that the alloy groups are susceptible to are all described. It is intended that, armed with this knowledge, optimum service performance and corrosion resistance can be achieved from each alloy system. Few marine systems or structures are made of one type of alloy and so the concluding section provides an explanation of galvanic corrosion in seawater and how each alloy group behaves when coupled to others. It also discusses common solutions to avoid galvanic corrosion.

Chapters include: (1) Introduction, (2) Iron and Carbon Steel, (3) Stainless Steel, (4) Copper Alloys, (5) Nickel Alloys, (6) Aluminium Alloys, (7) Titanium Alloys, (8) Galvanic Corrosion

Maney Publishing, March 2012, paperback, ISBN: 978 1 907975 58 5

NEW: With effect from 18 August 2014 the price is reduced to: £30.00 / US$54.00

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The Selection Of Materials For Mineral Processing Operations

This book discusses the basics of how to go about selecting cost effective material for a minerals processing application and captures some of the critical issues that make a materials choice a success or failure. The book covers both new equipment and maintenance of existing plant equipment.

Product Features

  • Provides material selection information in one compact format. Discusses the effect of process conditions on materials degradation.
  • Brings together information on metals, composites, thermoplastics and ceramics.
  • Offers numerous examples from service successes and failures.
  • Discusses the implications of CAPEX AND OPEX on materials selection.
  • Discusses how to address specification and quality issues.

2016 by NACE Press, 7" x 9", spiral bound, 134 pages, and over 50 full color images.

Product Number: 37604
Author: Steve Clarke and Roger Francis
ISBN: 978-1-57590-314-9

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Environmental Cracking

Guidelines for preventing Stress Corrosion Cracking, Hydrogen Assisted Cracking and Liquid Metal Embrittlement in the Chemical Process Industries

This book presents technical data on the occurrence of environmental cracking of a wide variety of metals commonly used in the process industries, including carbon steels, stainless steels, nickel alloys and titanium alloys. It is aimed at the operational rather than the fundamental issues related to environmental cracking.

In particular the book addresses:

  1. When to expect it
  2. How to test for it
  3. How to prevent it
Although the book is aimed at the chemical process industries, many of the cracking issues can be found in other industries, such as oil and gas, marine, power generation and minerals processing.


Published by Materials Technology Institute Inc.

Product Number: MTI Project #216
Editors: D R McIntyre and R Francis
ISBN: 978-1- 57698-078- 1

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Corrosion of Duplex Stainless Steels: a Practical Guide for Engineers

Duplex stainless steels (DSSs) were first invented in the early part of the 20th century, but it was not until the 1970s and 80s, with the introduction of argon oxygen decarburization (AOD) melting and the recognition of the benefits of nitrogen additions, that DSSs became attractive for widespread industrial use. DSSs have found applications in most industries, including oil and gas, marine, desalination, power, chemical and process, pulp and paper, and mineral processing.

DSSs have been adopted by many industries to varying degrees. They are the workhorse corrosion resistant alloy (CRA) of the oil and gas industry, and are also widely used in the chemical and process industries for their SCC and corrosion resistance. Superduplex stainless steel has become the main alloy for piping, pumps, and valves in seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plants, because of its resistance to crevice corrosion in seawater.

In this book, Roger Francis reviews various duplex alloy compositions, mechanical properties, and design stresses for vessels and pipes to various codes. He also covers the basics of welding duplex alloys, both to themselves and to other alloys, and their corrosion resistance. Of most importance, the book looks at a variety of types of corrosion that may affect DSSs in service, presenting the available data and, in some cases, how to avoid problems.

2016 by NACE International; 256 pages, 8" x 10" trim size, colour, perfect bound.

Product Number: 37636
Author: R Francis
ISBN: 978-1-57590-369-9

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Avoiding Corrosion in Desalination Plants

Over the past decade, the author, Roger Francis, has looked at some very expensive corrosion failures in desalination plants. Avoiding Corrosion in Desalination Plants tells the reader how to avoid existing corrosion problems and how to avoid them in new builds.

This book looks at corrosion problems specific to multistage flash (MSF), multiple-effect distillation (MED), and seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plants, describing their causes, some solutions, and the relative performance of various materials. It gives advice on procuring materials for desalination plants to avoid quality problems.

2019 NACE, 6 x 9" trim size, color, perfect bound, 214 pages


Product Number: 37647
ISBN: 978-1-57590-390-3
Author: Roger Francis
Publication Date: 2019

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Marine Corrosion

This is an extensive update on Frank LaQue’s book from 1975, with 25 chapters on all aspects of marine corrosion and its prevention. Each chapter has been written by a specialist in that field and the book forms a single source reference on the unique nature of seawater as a corrosive environment.

Completely rewritten for the 21st Century, the new edition reflects current environmental regulations, best practices, materials, and processes, with special emphasis placed on engineering, behaviour, and practical applications of materials.

ISBN: 978-1-119-78884-3
published June 2022, 752 pages.



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