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Last updated: June 16, 2020

What Does Neutron Mean?

Neutrons are subatomic elementary particles located in the nucleus of every atom, except atoms of hydrogen. They possess a mass similar to protons and have a neutral electrochemical charge of zero. Elements are primarily identified by their atomic number, which correlates to the number of protons they possess.


Corrosionpedia Explains Neutron

Neutrons were first identified in 1932.

The number of protons in an atom never varies, however the number of neutrons in an atom is capable of variance. When such variance occurs, isotopes of the given element are formed. Isotopes possess the same chemical characteristics as the base element but have different physical characteristics. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the proper corrosion prevention measures that are implemented for a given metal are tailored to the unique properties of each varied isotope that may be present. Carbon, tritium and iodine are examples of elements that present isotopic formulations.


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