Methanol Synthesis

Definition - What does Methanol Synthesis mean?

Methanol synthesis refers to a chemical process that is characterized by the addition of hydrogen to carbon monoxide or of carbon dioxide compound structures.

Methanol synthesis is often associated with methanol-induced corrosion, which is generally observed in the oil & gas industry, pipelines and sewage treatment systems. Stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) is another major type of corrosion that is observed in the presence of absolute methanol.

Corrosionpedia explains Methanol Synthesis

The stress corrosion cracking (SCC) that can result from methanol synthesis is a gradual onset type of fracturing due to the metal's exposure to tensile stress or stain in a corrosive environment. It may be controlled by:

  • Careful design and minimizing stress forces
  • Temperature regulation
  • Using corrosion inhibitors during cleaning processes
  • Coatings and effective environmental isolation
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