Fundamentals of Corrosion and Corrosion Control
can be defined as the degradation of a material due to a reaction with its environment.
implies deterioration of physical properties
of the material. This can be a weakening of the material due to a
loss of cross-sectional area, it can be the shattering of a metal
due to hydrogen embrittlement, or it can be the cracking of a polymer
due to sunlight exposure.
Materials can be metals, polymers (plastics, rubbers, etc.), ceramics (concrete,
brick, etc.) or composites-mechanical mixtures of two or more
materials with different properties. Because metals are the most used
type of structural materials most of this
web site will be devoted to the corrosion of metals.
Most corrosion of
metals is electrochemical in nature. Click here for a brief introduction
of additional information