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Corrosion Science and Technology

By David E.J. Talbot, James D.R. Talbot

© 1997 – CRC Press

432 pages

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Although they often appear to be permanent, metals are unstable in their service environments and are susceptible to degradation by corrosion. Corrosion occurs when protective mechanisms have been overlooked, break down, or have been exhausted, leaving the metal vulnerable to attack by hostile environments. Control of corrosion is essential in a wide variety of industries. It is of concern to materials scientists and engineers, yet both students and professionals often cannot assimilate the information they need in typical corrosion-related literature because they do not have the specialized background these sources assume. Corrosion Science and Technology clarifies this important background material and guides readers in its practical application.

This text integrates the chemical, electrochemical, and metallurgical aspects of corrosion control for application in typical contemporary technologies with economical use of resources. The structures of water, oxides, and metals are examined to identify the interactions by which metals can corrode in natural and relevant artificial environments. The book describes the characteristics of metals and alloys often specified for corrosion-resistant service, and discusses the relative merits of various protective measures and the strategies available to control corrosion. Corrosion Science and Technology profiles aviation, automobile manufacture, food processing, and building construction to show how these sample industries currently address corrosion issues.

Written from long experience of both teaching and practice in the field, this book includes explanations of scientific principles and real world applications and case histories. Extensive information on additional corrosion-related literature is provided to guide readers to sources of more specific information. Corrosion Science and Technology gives readers a solid foundation on which to understand and apply corrosion control measures and to comprehend and use information from other sources.


"The first edition of this book by the father and son team of David and James Talbot, rapidly established itself as a key text which brought together in a coherent way, the underlying scientific and technological implications of corrosion . . . This text can be recommended without reservation . . ."

–Brian Ralph, Emeritus Professor, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, August 2008

Table of Contents

Overview of Corrosion and Protection Strategies

Corrosion in Aqueous Media

Thermal Oxidation

Environmentally Sensitive Cracking

Strategies for Corrosion Control

Some Symbols, Conventions, and Equations

Structures Concerned in Corrosion Processes

Origins and Characteristics of Structure

The Structure of Water and Aqueous Solutions

The Structures of Metal Oxides

The Structures of Metals

Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Corrosion Processes

Thermodynamics of Aqueous Corrosion

Kinetics of Aqueous Corrosion

Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Dry Oxidation

Mixed Metal Systems and Cathodic Protection

Galvanic Stimulation

Protection by Sacrificial Anodes

Cathodic Protection by Impressed Current

The Intervention of Stress

Stress-Corrosion Cracking

Corrosion Fatigue

Erosion-Corrosion and Cavitation

Precautions Against Stress-Induced Failures

Protective Coatings

Surface Preparation


Hot Dip Coatings

Conversion Coatings

Paint Coatings for Metals

Corrosion of Iron and Steels

Microstructures of Irons and Steels


The Oxidation of Iron and Steels

Stainless Steels

Phase Equilibria

Commercial Stainless Steels

Resistance to Aqueous Corrosion

Resistance to Dry Oxidation


Corrosion Resistance of Aluminum and its Alloys

Summary of Physical Metallurgy of Some Standard Alloys

Corrosion Resistance

Control of Corrosion in Aviation


Gas Turbine Engines

Corrosion Control in Automobiles


Corrosion Protection for Automobile Bodies

Corrosion Protection for Engines

Bright Trim

Corrosion Control in Food Processing and Distribution

General Considerations

The Application of Tinplate for Food and Beverage Cans

Dairy Industries


Control of Corrosion in Building Construction




Metal Roofs, Siding and Flashing

Plumbing and Central Heating Installations

Corrosion of Metals in Timber

Application of Stainless Steels in Leisure Pool Buildings


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