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Galvanization is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, in order to prevent rusting. The term is derived from the name of Italian scientist Luigi Galvani. Although galvanization can be done with electrochemical and electrodeposition processes, the most common method in current use is hot-dip galvanization, in which steel parts are submerged in a bath of molten zinc. In industry, the term GI stands for galvanized iron, referring to a common galvanized steel used in many applications such as air ducts and trash cans.
1 Meanings 1.1 Metal protection 1.2 History 2 Zinc coatings 2.1 Eventual corrosion 2.2 Galvanized piping 3 See also 4 References 5 External links
A street lamp in Singapore showing the characteristic spangle of hot-dip galvanization.
In current use, the term refers to the coating of steel or iron with zinc. This is done to prevent rusting of the ferrous item. The value of galvanizing stems from the corrosion resistance of zinc, which, under most service conditions, is considerably greater than that of iron and steel. The zinc serves as a sacrificial anode, so that it cathodically protects exposed steel. This means that even if the coating is scratched or abraded, the exposed steel will still be protected from corrosion by the remaining zinc - an advantage absent from paint, enamel, powder coating and other methods. Galvanizing is also favored as a means of protective coating because of its low cost, ease of application and comparatively long maintenance-free service life. The term galvanizing, while technically referring specifically to the application of zinc coating by the use of a galvanic cell (also known as electroplating), is also generally understood to include hot-dip zinc coating. The practical difference is that hot-dip galvanization produces a thick, durable and matte gray coating - electroplated coatings tend to be thin and brightly reflective. Due to its thinness, the zinc of electroplated coatings is quickly depleted, making them unsuitable for outdoor applications (except in very dry climates). When combined with subsequent painting (which slows zinc consumption), electroplating is durable enough to be used in some premium auto body coatings. Nonetheless, electroplating is used on its own for many outdoor applications because it is cheaper than hot dip
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This is similar to the protection afforded to aluminium and stainless steels by their oxide layers. startled". where additional rust proofing paint will be applied. This means that for cars. The protection provided by hot dip galvanizing is insufficient for products that will be constantly exposed to corrosive materials such as salt water. as if by a shock of electricity. impermeable. after Michael Faraday). with the exception of high-strength steels (>1100 MPa) where hydrogen embrittlement can become a problem. zinc hydroxide reacts with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to yield a thin. But the term "galvanization" has largely come to be associated with zinc coatings. the alternative to electroplating bolts and nuts is not hot dip zinc coating but making the bolts and nuts from stainless steel (known by the corrosion grades A4 and A2). both mechanisms are often at work in practical applications. the traditional measure of a coating's effectiveness is resistance to a salt spray. This is the case in automobile bodies. In turn. Here. 1837. so protecting it from further corrosion. Main articles: Hot-dip galvanizing and Sherardizing Zinc coatings prevent corrosion of the protected metal by forming a physical barrier. bicycles and many other 'light' mechanical products.Galvanization . It stemmed from Galvani's induction of twitches in severed frogs' legs. more expensive stainless steel is preferred. a precursor to hot-dip galvanization.Wikipedia. As noted previously. of Paris. Another reason not to use hot dip zinc coating is that for bolts and nuts size M10 (US 3/8") or smaller. This is a consideration for the manufacture of wire rope and other highly-stressed products. For these applications. For example. except for some limited uses in psychiatry in the form of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The earliest known example of galvanizing of iron was found on 17th century Indian armor in the Royal Armouries Museum collection. "galvanization" was the administration of electric shocks (in the 19th century also termed Faradism.wikipedia. The hot-dip process does generally not reduce strength on a measurable scale.org/wiki/Galvanization zinc coating and looks good when new. the free encyclopedia http://en. called "electrogalvanization". which remains a useful and broadly applied technology. zinc reacts with oxygen to form zinc oxide. This archaic sense is the origin of the meaning of galvanic when meaning "affected/affecting. to the exclusion of other metals. History Originally. by his accidental generation of electricity. Thin coatings cannot remain intact indefinitely 2 of 5 4/16/2014 11:35 PM . Hot-dip galvanizing deposits a thick robust layer that may be more than is necessary for the protection of the underlying metal in some applications. When exposed to the atmosphere. a thinner form of galvanizing is applied by electroplating. was patented by Stanislas Sorel. which reduces strength (because the dimension of the steel prior to coating must be reduced for the fasteners to fit together). Its claims to health benefits have largely been disproved. and by acting as a sacrificial anode even if this barrier is damaged. Some nails made today are electro-galvanized. Later the word was used for processes of electrodeposition. Galvanic paint. France in December. tenacious and quite insoluble dull gray layer of zinc carbonate which adheres extremely well to the underlying zinc. and the metaphorical "galvanize into action" referring to suddenly stimulating a complacent person or group to take action. the thick hot-dipped coating fills in too much of the threads. which further reacts with water molecules in the air to form zinc hydroxide.
rusting will be inevitable. since it is less electrochemically active than the substrate. The dull-grey crystal structure formed by the process bonds more strongly with paint. Zinc is applied in a powder form with "accelerator chemicals" (generally sand. Marine and salty environments also lower the lifetime of galvanized iron because the high electrical conductivity of sea water increases the rate of corrosion primarily through converting the solid zinc to soluble zinc chloride which simply washes away. Galvanized Rusted corrugated steel roof steel can last for many years if other means are maintained. These plaques can flake off. they corrode much quicker in cold environments due to road salt. This process requires generally fewer preparatory cleanings than other methods. the zinc/iron makes an alloy at a lower temperature than hot dip galvanizing. but the final surface that results is different from that yielded with hot-dip galvanizing in that all of the zinc is alloyed. complex-shaped metals. and rubber overmolding processes than other methods. especially if exposed to the natural acidity of rain. As an example. or complications will arise. Thermal diffusion galvanizing. and for smoothing in rough surfaces on items formed with powder metal. but it may vary by region due to impurities in the water supply and the proximity of electrical grids for which interior piping acts as a pathway 3 of 5 4/16/2014 11:35 PM .Wikipedia. The size of crystallites in galvanized coatings is a visible and aesthetic feature.org/wiki/Galvanization when subject to surface abrasion. The parts and the zinc powder are tumbled in a sealed drum while it is heated to slightly below zinc's melting temperature. a form of Sherardizing. For example.wikipedia. Due to the chemicals added to the zinc powder. powder coating. a scratched or incomplete coating of chromium actually exacerbates corrosion of the underlying steel. building up plaques on the inside of the piping. It is a preferred method for coating small. the spangle can be adjusted from an apparently uniform surface (crystallites too small to see with the naked eye) to grains several centimetres wide. provides a zinc Galvanized surface with visible coating on iron or copper based materials partially similar to hot dip spangle galvanizing. The drum must be heated evenly. but other chemicals are patented). The life expectancy of such piping is about 70 years. the free encyclopedia http://en. Galvanized piping See also: Galvanic corrosion In the early 20th century. Visible crystallites are rare in other engineering materials. corrugated iron sheet roofing will start to degrade within a few years despite the protective action of the zinc coating. Eventual corrosion Although galvanizing will inhibit attack of the underlying steel. such as paint coatings and additional sacrificial anodes. The rate of corrosion in non-salty environments is mainly due to levels of sulfur dioxide in the air. galvanized piping rusts from the inside out. Galvanized car frames exemplify this. leading to visible impurities in water and a slight metallic taste. Typically. causing both water pressure problems and eventual pipe failure. By varying the number of particles added for heterogeneous nucleation and the rate of cooling in a hot-dip process. galvanized piping replaced cast iron and lead in cold-water plumbing. known as spangle.Galvanization . and the galvanic protection offered by zinc can be sharply contrasted to more noble metals.
Dictionary. otherwise the presence of water in contact with differing metals creates an electrical current that can cause "galvanic corrosion".org/wiki/Galvanization (the flow of electricity can accelerate chemical corrosion). 1838. ^ Industrial Galvanizers: http://www. the failure to use this special fitting has caused the lead in the solder to leach into the drinking water.Galvanization . ^ "Zinc Plating and Hydrogen Embrittlement" (http://www.galvanizeit. In some amateur installations.com/2014/02/hydrogenembrittlement/). France. 1837. the free encyclopedia http://en.google. a dielectric fitting.royalarmouries. calcium) are harmless. which ranges on a scale from G40 to G210. but the actual impurities (iron. ^ "Galvanic.Wikipedia. of Paris. must be used to join the two types of pipes. zinc.). Pipe longevity also depends on the thickness of zinc in the original galvanization.com. increasing the risk of water damage. 3.uk /books?id=W8oGAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA52& dq=%22Specification+of+a+Patent+for+a+process+f or+protecting+articles+made+of+Iron+or+Steel+from +oxidation. Pa. Since World War II. A common location where this occurs is where a home's copper piping connects to a galvanized steel municipal supply line.  Cathodic protection Corrugated galvanized iron Galvanic corrosion Galvannealed .org/designing-fabricating /design-considerations/steel-selection/ 4 of 5 4/16/2014 11:35 PM . or just the outside. and some jurisdictions require galvanized piping to be replaced before sale. via Google Book Search.Hydrogen Embrittlement Handbook 6. but galvanized steel pipes are still used in outdoor applications requiring steel's superior mechanical strength. 4.galvanization and annealing Rust Rustproofing Sendzimir process Sherardizing 1. ^  (http://www. This is not always the case in pre-1986 copper pipe where lead-containing solder was commonly used.%22&lr=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYPES) Specification of patent granted to M. copper and plastic piping have replaced galvanized piping for interior drinking water service.beyondrigging. Journal of the Franklin Institute (Philadelphia. Galvanized piping will eventually need to be replaced if housing stock is to outlast a 50 to 70 year life expectancy.wikipedia.com/search?r=10& q=galvanic).com" (http://dictionary." (http://books.org/whatwe-do/research/analytical-projects/zinc-coatingsof-indian-plate-and-mail-armour) Summary of XRF analysis conducted on or about 30 September 1999 by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and written up as part of a thesis by Helen Bowstead Stallybrass at the Department of Archaeological Sciences. Bradford University. In installations where copper pipe has been fitted to replace a section of corroded galvanized pipe. One option to extend the life expectancy of existing galvanized piping is to line it with an epoxy resin. ^ Process for protecting articles made of Iron or Steel from oxidation.reference. ^ American Galvanizers Association: http://www. December. and whether the pipe was galvanized on both the inside and outside. Published by Pergamon Press. Sorel.au /IGSM/28. 2.ingal.htm 5. usually a union. This lends some truth to the urban myth that water purity in outdoor water faucets is lower. Retrieved 2006-11-30. The presence of galvanized piping detracts from the appraised value of housing stock because piping can fail.co.
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