What is Corrosion?

What is Corrosion?

What is Corrosion?

Corrosion is the general term used to refer to the degradation of any metal, while “rust” typically refers to corrosion specifically on ferrous metals.

  • Corrosion is the gradual degradation of a metal’s properties due to chemical reaction with its environment.
  • Corrosion is the natural electrochemical oxidation of metals, and corrosion of most metals in inevitable.
  • While corrosion can refer to the degradation of any metal, “Rust” typically refers to corrosion of ferrous (iron based) metals.

What is Corrosion


Everyday Corrosion

Most are probably familiar with what some forms of corrosion looks like, whether its on:

  • Manufactured parts in industrial facilities
  • Tools at home
  • Cars we drive
  • Bridges we drive on

Everyday Corrosion Examples


Ferrous Metals and Rust

Ferrous metals are metals and alloys that contain iron.

  • Examples of ferrous metals include
  • Cast iron
  • Carbon steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Other alloy steels

Typically, ferrous metals corrode to form a reddish or brown coating of iron oxide.

Different iron and steel alloys have varying degrees of corrosion risk based purely on their composition.

For example, a cast iron bar and a stainless steel bar will show very different levels of rust if left in saltwater overnight.






Non-Ferrous Metals and Corrosion

Non-ferrous metals encompass essentially the rest of all metals, including alloys that contain less than one percent iron.

Examples of non-ferrous metals include

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Nickel
  • Silver
  • As well as alloys like Brass and Bronze.

Non-ferrous metals also corrode to form metal oxides, commonly referred to as tarnish or white rust, depending on the metal type.

An important thing to note is that all metals can corrode if subjected to poor environmental conditions for long enough.


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