Corrosion of metals occurs when metal is exposed to the atmosphere. Often moisture and air are the biggest culprits. These elements combine to create acids that corrode the metal, leading to rust and other forms of degradation of the metals.
One method of prevention from corrosion damage is to only do construction with metals that do not corrode easily. Stainless steel, aluminum are examples of these kinds of metals.
Cathodic prevention from corrosion damage can be used in pipelines. These structures often come into constant contact with soil and water, and are particularly susceptible to corrosion. The same is true of the insides of water tanks. With cathodic prevention, a charge is administered to the surface of the metal, deactivating the active points, preventing oxygen from interacting with the surface. Cathodic prevention can be useful for boilers and condensers preservation as well. In addition, preservation of navigation rooms may be accomplished using this method.
Another method for prevention from corrosion damage is using coatings that will protect from metal degradation. It is a good idea to apply this coating to surfaces that are more likely to experience corrosion. One example of one of these coatings is inorganic paint. This paint protects the metals from the environment. This coating can be used in the same way as metal plating, but is much safer to apply. This kind of coating combines zinc, aluminum, and silicone for an anti-corrosive effect. Turbine preservation can be done in this way, since turbines are often exposed to the elements on a constant basis.
In general, keeping surfaces susceptible to corrosion clean is a good practice for system preservation. To prevent car battery corrosion, petroleum jelly can be applied on the exposed parts to keep them safe from moisture and acid. Any metal tools that are used in gardening and are exposed to moisture and soil should be cleaned from residue, washed, and treated with corrosion resistant coatings.
The benefits of prevention from corrosion damage are many. Corrosion can cause many problems for machinery. Machinery that has been allowed to corrode is more subject to failures. It also can be dangerous for people to use if the corrosion causes the metal to weaken. Businesses that do not take care of their equipment by preventing corrosion find they often have to pay for frequent replacements of the equipment. Prevention from corrosion damage can help business save money and maintain their operations as normal.