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Unit 1 - What is Corrosion?

The deterioration of a material, usually a metal, that results from a chemical or electrochemical reaction with its environment. [1]
Many people refer to Corrosion as "rust" - however, this term is actually specific to the reddish-brown corrosion product from iron or its alloys. Other metals and alloys do corrode, but they don't rust. People not working in the field frequently consider corrosion to be a mature science. However, those working in corrosion know that there are numerous fundamental questions yet to be addressed. Unfortunately, many university and college engineering courses only cover corrosion at a cursory level. There is a great need to perform applied and fundamental corrosion research in both academia and industry.
What is Corrosion

The study of Corrosion encompasses
a number of Sciences including:
Chemistry
~ Electrochemistry ~ Metallurgy

The study of Corrosion encompasses
a number of Sciences including:
Chemistry
Metallurgy
Electrochemistry

[1] NACE/ASTM G193-10b Standard Terminology and Acronyms Relating to Corrosion, 2010. All rights reserved by NACE. (Reprinted with Permission)
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