What is Corrosion?
Just about every metal corrodes under certain conditions.
Corrosion is the physical degradation of a material due to interactions with its environment. Corrosion occurs when a metal atom is oxidized by a fluid, leading to a loss of material in the metal surface. This loss reduces the wall thickness of a component and makes it more prone to mechanical failure.
Take these steps to reduce the impact of corrosion on your applications:
- Identify types of corrosion - what it looks like, where it occurs, and why it happens
- Select materials resistant to corrosion
- Minimize locations where crevice corrosion can occur
- Avoid the contact of dissimilar metals, which can cause galvanic corrosion
- Specify everything from the supports and clamps to the tubing itself to reduce the potential for corrosion
- Understand requirements and standards
- Learn more through training