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Corrosion Basics: Inhibitors for Waters of Low to Moderate Salt Concentrations

It is important to maintain inhibitor concentrations at a safe level in waters containing dissolved salts, particularly if these include chlorides.

Corrosion Basics: Engineering Materials

Although the primary focus of a corrosion engineer is on the chemical stability and corrosion resistance of these materials, it is critical to cooperate with other design team members familiar with the mechanical, physical, and other properties to ensure that the desired materials performance can be achieved.

Corrosion Basics: Cautionary Use of Test Data

Experience has shown that even when impossible circumstances appear to be present, substantial cost savings are possible by intelligent use of corrosion data and good design practices.

Corrosion Basics—Open Recirculated Cooling Water Systems

There are certain fundamental considerations that should be understood in relation to open recirculated systems, starting with the concept of cycles of concentration. If three cups of boiling water in a tea kettle were allowed to boil away to one cup, the residual cup would contain a three-fold concentration of soluble water salts, assuming that only steam was driven off.

Corrosion Basics: Steam Generation in Power Plants

The greatest use of high-temperature water and steam is in electrical power generation. Historically, fossil fuels were used almost exclusively to heat water and make steam until the introduction of nuclear power steam generators in the second part of the 20th century.

Corrosion Basics: Corrosion and the Environment

Corrosion Basics don’t get any more basic than the definition of corrosion as the deterioration of a material, usually a metal, that results from a chemical or electrochemical reaction with its environment. Almost all materials should be expected to deteriorate, to some extent, with time when exposed to the elements. Corrosion is a perfectly natural process, as natural as water flowing downhill.

Corrosion Basics: Atmospheric Corrosion of Iron and Steel

Although the corrosion rate of bare steel tends to decrease with time in most cases, the difference in corrosivity of different atmospheres for a particular alloy is tremendous.

Corrosion Basics: Concrete Coating

Steel is fairly uniform in texture, and workers are familiar with the proper ways to prepare and coat it. In contrast, concrete is quite porous and uneven in texture, with differences in density from one square inch to the next.

Correcting Concrete Corrosion

Corrosion of the reinforcing steel in concrete is a worldwide problem that causes a range of economic, aesthetic, and utilization issues. However, if corrosion effects are considered in the design phase and the right decisions are made prior to construction, buildings can be constructed to resist corrosion.

NACE Technical Committees—Volunteering Has Its Rewards

Want to know how you can become more active in NACE? There are many opportunities for NACE members to volunteer, and the technical committees offer many benefits such as having an impact on industry standards, developing a network of peers, and enhancing your career.

IMPACT Study Benchmarks Corrosion Management Practices Across Industries

NACE International has embarked on a study—IMPACT—that goes beyond the economic effects of corrosion; it emphasizes how to integrate corrosion technology with organizational management systems to optimize corrosion decisions with respect to both cost savings and concern for safety and the environment.

Gas Plant Uses Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Wrap to Strengthen Concrete Columns

Pipe wrapping turned out to be a simple and low-cost method for strengthening concrete columns during the construction of a new natural gas plant in Colorado.

Preventing Releases in Underground Storage Tanks

Underground storage tank (UST) owners and operators must follow correct filling practices and protect their USTs from spills, overfills, and corrosion. Additionally, owners and operators must report the existence of new UST systems, suspected releases, UST system closures, and keep records of operation and maintenance.

Lack of Basic Corrosion Control Results in Catastrophes

Safety, function, and service life should be a part of every project. To address these parameters, consideration must be given to design, choice of materials, construction methods, active and passive surface protection, and other parameters.

IMPACT Study to Provide Tools for Corrosion Management

NACE International’s International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion (IMPACT) study is nearing completion and will be released in March 2016. A segment of the report focuses on the Corrosion Management System Framework and how a company can incorporate one into its own program.