Corrosion Testing and Monitoring in Manufacturing Plants

Because the performance of metals and their alloys have limited predictability when subjected to changing conditions, it’s important to have proper corrosion testing and corrosion-monitoring programs in place that can prevent costly and damaging breakdown in operations. The possible costs (in terms of machine or plant infrastructure repair, lost or contaminated product, environmental damage, and, ultimately, personnel safety) makes it imperative that a proper risk assessment and corrosion-monitoring technology be integrated into the system to provide early warning or vital information on locations of existing or possible damage. An accurate assessment of the conditions affecting corrosion and the rate of deterioration is essential in evaluating the future integrity of a structure or its parts. Corrosion testing is divided into two broad categories: Laboratory Controlled Tests (made with pure chemicals, or specific combinations of chemicals, under closely controlled conditions) or Field Tests (consists of exposure to corrosive conditions in natural environments, particular industrial applications, and particular substances). It is also further subcategorized according to their basic objectives, which in turn depend on the types of environments and test durations that interest an investigator. Click here for the full article…


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