Corrosion Prevention by Coatings
This chapter deals with the method of corrosion prevention based on the use of a physical barrier to separate the metal surface from the environment. This barrier consists of a coat that can be classified, as often generally agreed, into four types, namely: metallic coatings, conversion coatings, inorganic coatings and paints. In this Chapter, only corrosion protection related coatings are considered, although other characteristics, such as mechanical strength, hardness, wear resistance, appearance, and electrical, optical or thermal properties are also of remarkable importance.
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