Nine Percent Nickel - 28 Years of Reliable Service in LNG Containment (10030)
By William S. Mounce, 1989. A five-year multinational study sponsored by the Gas Research Institute, Chicago, showed in quantitative terms that 9% nickel steel has high resistance to the initiation and propagation of brittle fracture at liquid natural gas temperatures. The GRI studies are reviewed for their practical significance to designers and owners of liquefied natural gas facilities, and are related to the unblemished record that the steel has compiled since the early 1960s in ship and storage tanks. A history of reliable cryogenic performance in facilities for handling liquid oxygen, nitrogen, argon and helium is discussed.