Atmospheric corrosion is electrochemical corrosion in a system that consists of a metallic material, corrosion products and possibly other deposits, a surface layer of water (often more or less polluted), and the atmosphere. The general cathodic reaction is reduction of oxygen, which diffuses through the surface layer of water and deposits. As shown in Section 6.2.5, the thickness of the water film may have a large effect, but it is more familiar to relate atmospheric corrosion to other parameters. The main factors usually determining the accumulated corrosion effect are time of wetness, composition of surface electrolyte, and temperature. Figure 8.1 shows the result of corrosion under conditions implying frequent condensation of moisture in a relatively clean environment (humid, warm air in contact with cold metal).
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- Splash Zone
- Cathodic Protection
- Soft Water
- Crevice Corrosion
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(2004). Corrosion in Different Environments. In: Bardal, E. (eds) Corrosion and Protection. Engineering Materials and Processes. Springer, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-85233-845-9_8
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