Everyone here has heard about corrosion and its effects it has towards the strength of metals. But do we really know the reasons for that so that we could devise strategies to prevent corrosion.
Here we are going to discuss exactly that. Now as we all know corrosion is a natural process which converts refined metals to chemically stable forms such as oxide, hydroxide & sulfide. Basically to put it in simple words it is a gradual destruction of the metal, due to its reaction with environment and other related chemical reactions.
Corrosion engineering is a field dedicated to controlling & stopping corrosion. The formation of iron oxides is a well known example of electrochemical corrosion. Corrosion can also occur in materials other than metals such as ceramics or polymers although here the term degradation is more commonly known. Corrosion degrades the useful properties of metals like strength, appearance & permeability due to liquids & gases reacting on its surface.
So the best method is to involve the prevention of corrosion on the metal surfaces which will thereby increase the lifecycle of the metal part thereby improving the cost analysis and reducing overheads.
Some of the Best Methods to Stop & Prevent Metal Corrosion
Corrosion is a natural process and if not looked after properly could lead to severe decrease in functionality & aesthetics of the metal part. So some of the helpful ways to prevent corrosion of metals are:
- Turn to non corrosive materials such as aluminum & stainless steel.
- Keeping are around metal surfaces dry
- Usage of drying agents & moisture barrier products
- Making sure underground pipelines are laid in a layer of backfill preferably limestone
- Making sure electrical components are cleaned regularly
These methods could prevent the problems arising due to corrosion which will thereby increase the process life cycle at large.
Also we could use some more additional ways to prevent corrosion and some of them include by coating grease or oil on the metal surface. Painting can also prevent metal corrosion to a large extent. Cathodic protection is one method which is used extensively to reduce corrosion on metal surfaces.
Carbon Fiber Anti Corrosion Coating
Carbon Fiber Coating is an excellent method of preventing the corrosion on metal surfaces. This process involves sheets of carbon fiber which are sealed around & often inside a metal pipe or any metal surface. This method is most durable because it not only helps control corrosion but also strengthens the metal, prevents cracks & stops leakages from forming.
Hence these are some of the methods used to prevent corrosion on metal surfaces and improve the strength & life cycle of the metals at large.