Corrosion and Galvanic Compatibility Knowledge
Corrosion Testing Equipment
Corrosion is the deterioration of a material due to interaction with its environment. It is the process in which metallic atoms leave the metal or form compounds in the presence of water and gases. Metal atoms are removed from a structural element until it fails, or oxides build up inside a pipe until it is plugged. All metals and alloys are subject to corrosion. Even the noble metals, such as gold, are subject to corrosive attack in some environments.
The corrosion of metals is a natural process. Most metals are not thermodynamically stable in the metallic form; they want to corrode and revert to the more stable forms that are normally found in ores, such as oxides. Corrosion is of primary concern in engineering and design Corrosion occurs in every metal is subject to it. Even though this corrosion cannot be eliminated, it can be controlled.