Corrosion Definition

The effects of saltwater creating corrosion on a metal railing near the ocean.

Corrosion is a material degradation process because of the chemical reaction between the material and its environment.

It is an electrochemical process that involves the transfer of electrons between the material and its environment, resulting in the oxidation or dissolution of the material.

Corrosion can occur on the surface of a material or in the material’s bulk. Several factors, including chemical reactions, environmental factors, or mechanical stress, can cause it.

Corrosion can cause various problems, such as material failure, loss of strength and durability, and aesthetic issues.

Protective coatings and other preventive measures minimize the effects of corrosion.

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