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Last updated: July 19, 2024

What Does Deterioration Mean?

Deterioration, in the context of corrosion, is a loss in the properties of a material by chemical interaction with the environment.

Harmful effects of deterioration by corrosion can include:

  • Reduction in metal thickness leading to mechanical/structural failure or breakdown
  • Reduction in value
  • Contamination of fluid in pipes

Corrosionpedia Explains Deterioration

The following methods are used to manage deterioration:

  • Preservation – This involves keeping the object in its current state by providing better storage conditions and/or covering the object to protect it from moisture.
  • Conservation – This involves the stabilization and retention of material in its original state, keeping the material in working condition.
  • Restoration – This involves making necessary changes to the object when required to make it more complete or operational. New parts replace missing ones, and original material is often replaced to improve appearance.
  • Maintenance – This involves all three previously mentioned steps, which all can reduce degradation.

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