API STD 6ACRA
Age-hardened Nickel-based Alloys for Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Equipment
|Publication Date:||1 August 2015|
This document provides requirements for age-hardened nickel-base alloys that are intended to supplement the existing requirements of API 6A. For downhole applications, refer to API 5CRA.
These additional requirements include detailed process control requirements and detailed testing requirements. The purpose of these additional requirements is to ensure that the age-hardened nickel-base alloys used in the manufacture of API 6A pressure-containing and pressure-controlling
NOTE Failures attributed to hydrogen-induced stress cracking (HISC) have been reported in production equipment and early in the life of subsea equipment made from age-hardened nickel-base alloys. Some age-hardened nickel-base alloys that meet the requirements of NACE MR0175 and API 6ACRA may be susceptible to HISC. Sources of hydrogen charging include but are not limited to galvanic coupling to a more active material, direct exposure to seawater with cathodic protection (CP), and decomposition of brines. The industry is evaluating alternate test methods and/or acceptance criteria to identify material with susceptibility to HISC.
This standard is intended to apply to pressure-containing and pressure-controlling