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Corrosion Glossary - K

  • Kerosene: liquid fuel used in some HVOF thermal spray processes.
  • Kick-out: the precipitation of a dissolved binder from a solution as a result of solvent incompatibility. Can be caused by improper mixing or adding the flow control component to quickly to the mixed system.
  • Kilowatt-hour (kWh): energy unit defined as 1,000 watts of electricity for one hour (equivalent to 3,413 Btu).
  • KISCC: abbreviation for the critical value of the plane strain stress-intensity factor that will produce crack propagation by stress-corrosion cracking of a given material in a given environment.
  • Knifeline attack: intergranular corrosion of an alloy, usually stabilized stainless steel, along a line adjoining or in contact with a weld after heating into the sensitization temperature range.
  • Kraft process: a wood-pulping process in which sodium sulfate is used in the caustic soda pulp-digestion liquor.