Global Needs for Knowledge Dissemination, Research, and Development in Materials Deterioration and Corrosion Control (White paper)

Aktuelle Studie der World Corrosion Organisation (WCO) über ökologische und ökonomische Auswirkungen der Korrosion. Autor Günter Schmitt, in Zusammenarbeit mit Michael Schütze, George F. Hays, Wayne Burns, En-Hou Han, Antoine Pourbaix, und Gretchen Jacobson.

Corrosion has been the subject of scientific study for more than 150 years. It is a naturally occurring phenomenon commonly defined as the deterioration of a material (usually a metal) or its properties because of a reaction with its environment. Like other natural hazards such as earthquakes or severe weather disturbances, corrosion can cause dangerous and expensive damage to everything from pipelines, bridges, and public buildings to vehicles, water and wastewater systems, and even home appliances. Unlike weather-related disasters, however, there are time-proven methods to prevent and control corrosion that can reduce or eliminate its impact on public safety, the economy, and the environment.

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