ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Descaling (metals)

(ASTM A 380) The removal of heavy, tightly adherent oxide films resulting from hot-forming, heat-treatment, welding, and other high-temperature operations. Methods to accomplish descaling can be chemical descaling (pickling), acid pickling, or mechanical descaling that may include abrasive blasting, power brushing, sanding, grinding, and chipping.

See also: Acid Pickling

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