A well-planned project takes into consideration the elements and the wear and tear of what you are creating. While there are various ways to treat and keep corrosion at bay, knowing which metals are corrosion resistant can go a long way to lengthening the lifespan of a project.
What Is Corrosion?
Corrosion happens when a metal comes into contact and reacts with another substance. This could be oxygen, an electrical current, hydrogen, dirt or even some bacteria. It can also occur when the metal starts to crack under too much pressure.
When creating anything, you want it to last as long as possible. So how do you create a corrosion-resistant environment to extend the life of your projects?
Corrosion Resistant Metals
There are various ways to limit the corrosion on a project, and using corrosion-resistant materials is the first step. Let’s take a look at three of the top metals that are hardier when it comes to corrosion.
The corrosion-resistant quality of stainless steel is linked to the amount of chromium and nickel – the more of these, the higher the resistance.
When chromium oxidises, a layer of chromium oxide is formed on the metal surface. This is both corrosion resistant and helps prevent oxygen from reaching the layer of metal below.
Aluminium is one of the few materials that is naturally corrosion-resistant. It is probably the most popular choice due to its strength, recyclable qualities as well as being easy to work with and affordable
Red metals, also known as soft metals are copper and copper alloys, bronze and brass. These metals have various benefits aside from being corrosion resistant that make them a popular choice to use, especially on renewable energy projects.
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