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Solvent-Borne Coating

A solvent-borne coating is a liquid protective layer that is primarily composed of organic compounds and applied to a material's surface to prevent corrosion. Solvent-borne coatings are typically more (Read on)

Past Terms: Ammonia CorrosionUniform CorrosionEvans Diagram

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Applying a protective coating to metallic surfaces is the most effective method to mitigate corrosion damage. According to National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)... (Read on)

Use of Insulating Coatings for Hazard Protection

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) causes many safety hazards in industrial facilities, many of which are prevented by using thermal insulating coatings.
The Anatomy of a Coating Failure

Rarely does a coating fail because of only one contributing factor. Rather, it is usually two or more factors working in conjunction that cause a coating to fail on a particular site, when that same coating has performed as expected on other sites.
VIDEO: John Oliver on America's Crumbling Infrastructure

Infrastructure: it's our roads, bridges, dams, airports, power grids... basically anything that can be destroyed in an action film! Here's John Oliver's take on the state of America's infrastructure.
Corrosion Assessment: 8 Corrosion Tests That Help Engineers Mitigate Corrosion

Corrosion testing is one of a corrosion engineer's most important responsibilities. Here we look at the top field and laboratory tests used.
Replica Tape: A Source of New Surface Profile Information

After blast cleaning, a surface consists of random irregularities with peaks and valleys. If the roughness is insufficient, paint will not adhere. If the roughness is too great, the surface will be susceptible to corrosion.
Human Error as a Factor in Corrosion Failure

One of the least addressed causes of corrosion is human error. Here we'll take a look at how human error contributes to corrosion failure and what can be done to mitigate its effects.
How to Plan Facility Coatings Condition Assessments

Proper pre-planning and deciding what data to collect are essential to the efficacy and cost effectiveness of both baseline surveys and ongoing inspections for coatings asset management programs.
Emergency In-Situ Repair Problems & Surface-Tolerant Solutions

A new fast-cure, polymeric epoxy-based emergency repair composite provides excellent adhesion without intensive surface preparation, grit blasting, or removal of moisture, oil, or salt contaminants, and can be applied even under water.
Controlling Corrosion in Electronic Devices

The careful selection of coatings and substrate materials based on the service exposure of electrical equipment and controls can improve the reliability and cost effectiveness of the entire system. Learn how to prevent corrosion in electrical systems.
Corrosion Prevention for Water Pumps, Valves, Impellers and Fittings

Pumps, valves, impellers, and fittings are highly susceptible to several types of corrosion, including erosion, galvanic, pitting and cavitation corrosion.
Using Metallization (Thermal Spraying) as Corrosion Prevention

Due to its durability and corrosion protection, metallization (thermal spraying) is an excellent protection method for structures with a long lifespan that are in contact with a water environment, such as bridges and dams.
Corrosion Prevention for Buried Pipelines

Corrosion of the internal and external surfaces of pipelines is a leading cause of buried pipeline failure, which in turn leads to huge financial losses and poses a threat to human lives. Find out how to protect buried pipes from corrosion.
Combating Sanitation System Corrosion

Sanitation corrosion is a worldwide problem that permeates through a system of moving waste to processing stations, often ending with water reclamation. As these systems become outdated, we need cost-effective, long-term repair and protection solutions.
Corrosion Electrochemistry: The 6 Electrochemical Reactions Involved in Corrosion

Corrosion electrochemistry is a crucial aspect of truly understanding and preventing corrosion. Learn more about it here.
Temporary Corrosion Protection during Storage, Transportation and Handling

Preventing temporary corrosion is an essential strategy for winning the battle against material loss due to deterioration of metals during manufacturing stages, transportation and transit storage.
Concrete Flooring Moisture Issues

Addressing concrete floor moisture begins with proper design, curing and surface preparation. Testing for moisture content and identifying its source are very important steps toward controlling moisture within the concrete.
Soluble Salts and Coating Performance

Due to the potential for soluble salts to reduce coating performance, testing the substrate for the presence of these salts should be considered a requirement of the project specification to prevent corrosion.
Aviation Coatings for Corrosion Prevention

Corrosive deterioration of the critical surfaces of aircraft can come in the way of ensuring a reliable and safe operational performance. If the corrosion is not detected and prevented in time, it can endanger human lives.
Introduction to Electroplating Interview with Jane Debbrecht

Jane Debbrecht discusses the electroplating process, how it is used in industry, and the benefits it has over other corrosion prevention techniques.
Decommissioning Your Cathodic Protection Well

Decommissioning a deep anode well, or ground bed simply by removing the surface hardware and walking away is often no longer acceptable. Learn the proper steps to take in this article.
Hydrogen Embrittlement Issues with Zinc: New Guidance Discussed

Zinc is widely used in the oil & gas industry, but its safety is being called into question by regulators and the industry, especially for subsea bolting with cathodic protection.
Coatings for Marine Applications & Offshore Platforms

Marine and offshore platform applications are critical assets of national importance. With regard to anticorrosion coatings, there are certain steps to take to ensure their effective and economical use.
How a Liquid Nylon Coating Can Help Create an Impervious, Pinhole-Free Coating Barrier

A liquid nylon coating makes an excellent barrier for demanding applications in the aviation, marine and automotive industries.
Understanding Corrosion in Pumps and How to Deal With It

Even after taking all the precautionary measures, certain unexpected pump failures can still occur. Research studies say that corrosion is one of the main causes; but you can prevent corrosion by considering certain factors when buying equipment.
A Two-Step Solution to the High Cost of Corrosion Under Insulation

The direct and indirect costs of corrosion under insulation (CUI) are substantial. Aging infrastructure contributes to the total cost. A two-step solution provides a corrosion protection alternative to hydrophobic coatings for pipes.
The Effects of Stress Concentration on Crack Propagation

An understanding of how cracks form and propagate enables us to design safer and more reliable structures at a lower cost.
High Pressure Fastener Coating Practices Under Fire: Ian MacMoy Speaks Out

Ian MacMoy, an expert on pressure bolt coatings for aggressive corrosion environments, speaks out against oversizing nut threads to accommodate thick bolt coatings, a common practice banned by the standards for bolts that secure high pressure and load.
A Look at High Nitrogen Stainless Steels

High nitrogen stainless steels are an increasingly suitable substitute for nickel. Nitrogen can improve corrosion resistance and the strength of stainless steels.
Testing For Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in Pipelines

Maintaining pipeline integrity is crucial in the oil & gas industry. When pipeline defects are detected, or pipeline failures occur, understanding the cause of these events is of utmost importance. Here we look at microbiologically influenced corrosion.
What is Coatings Asset Management? Terry Greenfield Q&A

In an exclusive interview, corrosion expert Terry Greenfield defines Coatings Asset Management and how it informs better maintenance decisions, extends the service life of protective coatings and reduces downtime surprises. First in a series.
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Hydrogen passivation refers to the stabilization of silicon material surfaces from chemical reactions through the creation of hydrogen silicon bonds. Recently Read more

In the metric system a millimeter (mm) is a unit of measurement used to describe the physical dimensions of an object. In the international system of units (SI Read more

A milliamp (mA) is a unit of measurement for an electric current flowing through an electrical conductor and a measure of the rate of flow of electrons. In the Read more

The kilogram (kg) is an accepted SI unit of measurement for the mass of an object. When converted to English standard units it is equivalent to about 2.2 pounds. Read more

Quartz is a mineral found in the earth’s crust and has the chemical formula SiO2. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral (making up 12% of the crust) after Read more
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