Corrosion is a costly and potentially life threatening problem in any industry.
Wherever there is metal the potential for a corrosive reaction exists. It is a natural part of
nature, there is no escaping it. That doesn’t mean that we are doomed though. Through a
careful analysis of the process and the design we can mitigate most of the costs of
corrosion, both actual and potential, before the first pipe is in place.

Corrosion is a costly and potentially life threatening problem in any industry.
Wherever there is metal the potential for a corrosive reaction exists. It is a natural part of
nature, there is no escaping it. That doesn’t mean that we are doomed though. Through a
careful analysis of the process and the design we can mitigate most of the costs of
corrosion, both actual and potential, before the first pipe is in place.
The science of corrosion engineering is viewed by many as magic, or art, but once
the basics of how a corrosion cell works and a little understanding of chemistry almost
anyone can learn to decipher the clues to the causes of a corrosion problem. Most
corrosion problems encountered fall into five basic categories:

• Uniform or general corrosion: this is the most common form of
corrosion encountered.

• Localized corrosion: as the name implies this form of corrosion occurs
in discreet areas on the surface of the metal.

• Metallurgically induced corrosion: this form of corrosion attacks the
metal’s physical and chemical makeup.

• Mechanically assisted corrosion: the physical parameters of the system
play an important part in this form of corrosion.

• Stress corrosion cracking: this form of corrosion results in cracks in
the metal that are induced by both stresses and corrosive elements.
With this information we can hopefully reduce the costs of replacing expensive assets
before they have fully depreciated, but our ultimate goal is to reduce the chances of a
catastrophic failure or loss of life due to a corroded system.