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Concentration Cell

The existence of anodic and cathodic siteson the surface of a piece of metal
implies that differencesin electrical potential are found on the surface. These
potential differences have a number of causes. One important mechanism is
oxygen concentration cellcorrosion, in which the oxygen concentration in the
electrolytevaries from place to place. An underground pipe that passes from clay
to gravel will have a high oxygen concentration in the gravel region and almost
no oxygen in the impermeableclay. The part of the pipe in contact with the clay
becomes anodicand suffers damage.

Corrosion Forms
What is pitting corrosion
1. Localized chemical or mechanical damage to the protective oxide film; water
chemistry factors which can cause breakdown of a passive film are acidity, low
dissolved oxygen concentrations.
2. Corrosion of a metal surface, confined to a point or small area, that takes the form of
cavities.
3. Ratio of the depth of the deepest pit resulting from corrosion divided by the average
penetration as calculated from weight loss.
4. An empirical relationship to predict the pitting resistance of austenitic and duplex
stainless steels.
What is galvanic corrosion?
1. Galvanic corrosion (also called ' dissimilar metal corrosion' or wrongly 'electrolysis')
refers to corrosion damage induced when two dissimilar materials are coupled in a
corrosive electrolyte.
2. A localized form of corrosion usually associated with a stagnant solution on the
micro-environmental level.
3. An acceleration in the rate of corrosion attack in metal due to the relative motion of a
corrosive fluid and a metal surface.
4. Corrosion damage induced under load and in the presence of repeated relative surface
motion.
What is pack rust?
1. Pack rust is often used in relation to bridge inspection to describe built-up members of
steel bridges which are already showing signs of rust packing between steel plates.
2. Powdered rust particles relatively dense that are commonly used as additives to
asphalt to improve the anti sliding properties of the pavement.
3. Pack rust is a form a corrosion typical of steel components that develop a crevice into
an open atmospheric environment.
4. Rust settling as crud in boilers and other devices where the evaporation of water
combined with normal corrosion of vessels leads to such accumulation of debris.
What is dealloying?

1. Dealloying is the selective leaching of one element from an alloy by corrosion


processes.
2. Dezincification of unstabilized brass, whereby a weakened, porous copper structure is
produced.
3. Corrosion attack usually related to the segregation of specific elements or the
formation of a compound in the grain boundary regions.
4. Graphitic corrosion of the porous graphite network when a gray cast iron is
impregnated with insoluble corrosion products.
What can cause stress corrosion cells?
1. General thinning.
2. Regions within a metal subject to a high local stress.
3. Cold work
4. Grain boundaries.

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What is Corrosion ?
Corrosion is the destructiveattack of a material by reaction with its environment.
The serious consequencesof the corrosion process have become a problem of
worldwidesignificance. In addition to our everyday encounters with this form of
degradation, corrosion causes plant shutdowns, waste of valuable resources, loss
or contamination of product, reduction in efficiency, costly maintenance, and
expensive overdesign. It can also jeopardize safety and inhibit
technologicalprogress.

Atmospheric Corrosion
Atmospheric corrosion is an electrochemicalprocess, requiring the presence of an
electrolyte. Thin film "invisible" electrolytes tend to form on metallic surfaces
under atmospheric corrosion conditions, when a certain critical humiditylevel is
reached. For iron, this level is around 60%, in unpolluted atmospheres. The
critical humiditylevel is not a constant, it depends on the corroding material, the
hygroscopic natureof corrosion products and surface depositsand the presence of
atmospheric pollutants.

Galvanic Series in Flowing Seawater

Galvanic Series in Soil

The science of cathodic protection (CP) was born in 1824, when Sir Humphrey
Davymade a presentation to the Royal Society of London: "The rapid decay of
the copper sheeting on His Majesty'sships of war, and the uncertainty of the
time of its duration, have long attracted the attention of those persons most
concerned in the naval interest of the country. ... I entered into an experimental
investigation upon copper. In pursuing this investigation, I have ascertained
many facts ... to illustrate some obscure parts of electrochemicalscience...
seem to offer important application." Davysucceeded in protecting copper
against corrosion from seawater by the use of ironanodes. From that beginning,
CP has grown to have many uses in marineand undergroundstructures, water
storagetanks, gas pipelines, oil platformsupports, and many other facilities
exposed to a corrosiveenvironment. Recently, it is proving to be an effective
method for protecting reinforcingsteel from chloride-induced corrosion.