• John J. Mueller
  • Donald R. Adolphson


The corrosion behavior of beryllium in aqueous and elevated-temperature oxidizing environments has been studied quite extensively for earlyintended use of beryllium in nuclear reactors and in jet and rocket propulsion systems. Since that time quite extensive use has been made of beryllium as a structural material in less corrosive environments. It has been used quite extensively for gyro systems, mirror and reentry vehicle structures, and aircraft brakes, to name a few prominant applications. Only a small amount of information has been published directly related to the evaluation of beryllium for service in the less severe or “normal” atmospheric environments associated with applications of these types. Despite the lack of published data on the corrosion of beryllium in atmospheric environments, much can be deduced regarding the factors influencing its corrosion behavior from studies of aqueous corrosion and the experiences of fabricators and users in applying, handling, processing, storing, and shipping of beryllium components. The methods of corrosion protection employed to resist water and high-temperature gaseous environments provide useful information on methods that may be applicable in protecting beryllium for service in future long-term structural applications.


Corrosion Problem Salt Spray Test Passivation Coating Polyvinyl Butyral Corrosive Attack 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Mueller
    • 1
  • Donald R. Adolphson
    • 2
  1. 1.Battelle Columbus LaboratoriesColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Sandia LaboratoriesLivermoreUSA

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