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Corrosion Source - Corrosion glossary
Category: General technical and industrial > Corrosion
Date & country: 11/12/2007, UK
Words: 620

cathodic corrosion
Corrosion resulting from a cathodic condition of a structure usually caused by the reaction of an amphoteric metal with the alkaline products of electrolysis.

cathodic disbondment
The destruction of adhesion between a coating and its substrate by products of a cathodic reaction.

cathodic inhibitor
A chemical substance or mixture that prevents or reduces the rate of the cathodic or reduction reaction by physical, physico-chemical or chemical action.

cathodic pickling
Electrolytic pickling in which the work is the cathode.

cathodic polarization
Polarization of the cathode; change of the electrode potential in the active (negative) direction due to current flow; a reduction from the initial potential resulting from current flow effects at or near the cathode surface. Potential becomes more active (negative) because of cathodic polarization. See also polarization.

cathodic protection
(1) Reduction of corrosion rate by shifting the corrosion potential of the electrode toward a less oxidizing potential by applying an external electromotive force. (2) Partial or complete protection of a metal from corrosion by making it a cathode, using either a galvanic or an impressed current. Contrast with anodic protection.

cathodic reaction
Electrode reaction equivalent to a transfer of negative charge from the electronic to the ionic conductor. A cathodic reaction is a reduction process. An example common in corrosion is: Ox + ne s Red.

The electrolyte adjacent to the cathode of an electrolytic cell.

A positively charged ion that migrates through the electrolyte toward the cathode under the influence of a potential gradient. See also anion and ion.

(1) Burning or corrosive. (2) A hydroxide of a light metal, such as sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide.

caustic dip
A strongly alkaline solution into which metal is immersed for etching. for neutralizing acid, or for removing organic materials such as greases or paints.

caustic embrittlement
An obsolete historical term denoting a form of stress-corrosion cracking most frequently encountered in carbon steels or iron-chromium-nickel alloys that are exposed to concentrated hydroxide solutions at temperatures of 200 to 250 ºC (400 to 480 ºF).

The formation and instantaneous collapse of innumerable tiny voids or cavities within a liquid subjected to rapid and intense pressure changes. Cavitation produced by ultrasonic radiation is sometimes used to effect violent localized agitation. Cavitation caused by severe turbulent flow often leads to cavitation damage.

cavitation corrosion
A process involving conjoint corrosion and cavitation.

cavitation damage
The degradation of a solid body resulting from its exposure to cavitation. This may include loss of material, surface deformation, or changes in properties or appearance.

Progressive loss of original material from a solid surface due to continuing exposure to cavitation.

Electrochemical system consisting of an anode and a cathode immersed in an electrolyte. The anode and cathode may be separate metals or dissimilar areas on the same metal. The cell includes the external circuit, which permits the flow of electrons from the anode toward the cathode. See also electrochemical cell.

Cementation Coating
A coating developed on a metal surface by a high temperature diffusion process (as carburization, calorizing, or chromizing).

A compound of iron and carbon, known chemically as iron carbide and having the approximate chemical formula Fe3C. It is characterized by an orthorhombic crystal structure. When it occurs as a phase in steel, the chemical composition will be altered by the presence of manganese and other carbide-forming elements.

The development of loose removable powder at the surface of an organic coating usually caused by weathering.

The development of slight breaks in a coating that do not penetrate to the underlying surface.

Numerous, very fine cracks in a coating or at the surface of a metal part. Checks may appear during processing or during service and are most often associated with thermal treatment or thermal cycling. Also called check marks. checking, or heat checks.

(1) A molecular structure in which a heterocyclic ring can he formed by the unshared electrons of neighboring atoms. (2) A coordination compound in which a heterocyclic ring is formed by a metal bound to two atoms of the associated ligand. See also complexation.

chelating agent
(1) An organic compound in which atoms form more than one coordinate bond with metals in solution. (2) A substance used in metal finishing to control or eliminate certain metallic ions present in undesirable quantities.

A chemical process involving formation of a heterocyclic ring compound that contains at least one metal cation or hydrogen ion in the ring.

chemical conversion coating
A protective or decorative nonmetallic coating produced in silo by chemical reaction of a metal with a chosen environment. It is often used to prepare the surface prior to the application of an organic coating.

chemical potential
In a thermodynamic system of several constituents, the rate of change of the Gibbs function of the system with respect to the change in the number of moles of a particular constituent.

chemical vapor deposition
A coating process, similar to gas carburizing and carbonitriding, whereby a reactant atmosphere gas is fed into a processing chamber where it decomposes at the surface of the workpiece, liberating one material for either absorption by, or accumulation on the workpiece. A second material is liberated in gas form and is removed from the processing ch…

The binding of an adsorbate to the surface of a solid by forces whose energy levels approximate those of a chemical bond. Contrast with physisorption.

chevron pattern
A fractographic pattern of radial marks (shear ledges) that look like nested letters 'V'; sometimes called a herringbone pattern. Chevron patterns are typically found on brittle fracture surfaces in parts whose widths are considerably greater than their thicknesses. The points of the chevrons can be traced back to the fracture origin.

Improving paint adhesion on aluminum or aluminum alloys, mainly aircraft skins, by treatment with a solution of chromic acid. Also called chromodizing or chromatizing. Not to be confused with chromating or chromizing.

chromate treatment
A treatment of metal in a solution of a hexavalent chromium compound to produce a conversion coating consisting of trivalent and hexavalent chromium compounds.

Performing a chromate treatment .

clad metal
A composite metal containing, two or more layers that have been bonded together. The bonding may have been accomplished by co-rolling, co-extrusion, welding, diffusion bonding, casting, heavy chemical deposition, heavy electroplating, or explosive cladding.

Splitting (fracture) of a crystal on a crystallographic plane of low index.

cleavage fracture
A fracture, usually of polycrystalline metal, in which most of the grains have failed by cleavage, resulting in bright reflecting facets. It is associated with low-energy brittle fracture.

cold cracking
A type of weld cracking that usually occurs below 203 ºC (400 'F). Cracking may occur during or after cooling to room temperature, sometimes with a considerable time delay. Three factors combine to produce cold cracks: stress (for example, from thermal expansion and contraction). hydrogen (from hydrogen-containing welding consumables), and a suscep…

cold working
Deforming metal plastically under conditions of temperature and strain rote that induce strain hardening. Usually, hut not necessarily, conducted at room temperature. Contrast with hot working.

combined carbon
The part of the total carbon in steel or cast iron that is present as other than free carbon.

The formation of complex chemical species by the coordination of groups of atoms termed ligands to a central ion, commonly a metal ion. Generally, the ligand coordinates by providing a pair of electrons that forms an ionic or covalent bond to the central ion. See also chelate, coordination compound, and ligand.

Pertaining to forces on a body or part of a body that tend to crush or compress the body.

compressive strength
The maximum compressive stress a material is capable of developing. With a brittle material that fails in compression by fracturing, the compressive strength has a definite value. In the case of ductile, malleable, or semiviscous materials (which do not fail in compression by a shattering fracture), the value obtained for compressive strength is an…

compressive stress
A stress that causes an elastic body to deform (shorten) in the direction of the applied load. Contrast with tensile stress.

concentration cell
An electrolytic cell, the electromotive force of which is caused by a difference in concentration of some component in the electrolyte. This difference leads to the formation of discrete cathode and anode regions.

concentration polarization
That portion of the polarization of a cell produced by concentration changes resulting from passage of current through the electrolyte.

The ratio of the electric current density to the electric field in a material. Also called electrical conductivity or specific conductance.

contact corrosion
A term primarily used in Europe to describe galvanic corrosion between dissimilar metals.

contact plating
A metal plating process wherein the plating current is provided by galvanic action between the work metal and a second metal, without the use of an external source of current.

contact potential
The potential difference at the junction of two dissimilar substances.

continuity bond
A metallic connection that provides electrical continuity between metal structures.

conversion coating
A coating consisting of a compound of the surface metal, produced by chemical or electrochemical treatments of the metal. Examples include chromate coatings on zinc, cadmium, magnesium, and aluminum and oxide and phosphate coatings on steel. See also chromate treatment and phosphating.

coordination compound
A compound with a central atom or ion bound to a group of ions or molecules surrounding it. Also called coordination complex. See also chelate, complexation, and ligand.

corrodkote test
An accelerated corrosion test for electrodeposits.

The chemical or electrochemical reaction between a material, usually a metal, and its environment that produces a deterioration of the material and its properties.

corrosion effect
A change in any part of the corrosion system caused by corrosion.

corrosion embrittlement
The severe loss of ductility of a metal resulting from corrosive attack, usually inter,granular and often not visually apparent.

corrosion fatigue
The process in which a metal fractures prematurely under conditions of simultaneous corrosion and repeated cyclic loading at lower stress levels or fewer cycles than would be required in the absence of the corrosive environment.

Corrosion Fatigue Limit
The maximum cyclic stress value that a metal can with stand for a specified number of cycles or length of time in a given corrosive environment. See corrosion fatigue strength

corrosion fatigue strength
The maximum repeated stress that can he endured by a metal without failure under definite conditions of corrosion and fatigue and for a specific number of stress cycles and a specified period of time.

corrosion inhibitor
See inhibitor.

corrosion product
Substance formed as a result of corrosion.

corrosion protection
Modification of a corrosion system so that corrosion damage is mitigated.

corrosion rate
Corrosion effect on a metal per unit of time. The type of corrosion rate used depends on the technical .system and on the type of corrosion effect. Thus, corrosion rate may be expressed as an increase in corrosion depth per unit of time (penetration rate, for example, mils/yr.) or the mass of metal turned into corrosion products per unit area of su…

corrosion resistance
Ability of a metal to withstand corrosion in a given corrosion system.

corrosion system
System consisting of one or more metals and all parts of the environment that influence corrosion.

Corrosion which is increased because of the abrasive action of a moving stream; the presence of suspended particles greatly accelerates abrasive action.See erosion-corrosion.

Tendency of an environment to cause corrosion in a given corrosion system.

counter electrode
See auxiliary electrode .

A cell developed in an electrolyte resulting from electrical contact between two dissimilar metals. See galvanic corrosion.

covering power
The ability of a solution to give satisfactory plating at very low current densities. a condition that exists in recesses and pits. This term suggests an ability to cover, but not necessarily to build up, a uniform coating, whereas throwing power suggests the ability to obtain a coating of uniform thickness of an irregularly shaped object.

cracking (of coating)
Breaks in a coating that extend through to the underlying surface.

A network of checks or cracks appearing on the surface.

Time-dependent strain occurring under stress. The creep strain occurring at a diminishing rate is called primary creep; that occurring at a minimum and almost constant rate, secondary creep; and that occurring at an accelerating rate, tertiary creep.

creep-rupture embrittlement
Embrittlement under creep conditions of, for example, aluminum alloys and steels that results in abnormally low rupture ductility. In aluminum alloys, iron in amounts above the solubility limit is known to cause such embrittlement; in steels, the phenomenon is related to the amount of impurities (for example. phosphorus, sulfur, copper, arsenic, an…

creep-rupture strength
The stress that will cause fracture in a creep test at a given time in a specified constant environment. Also called stress-rupture strength.

crevice corrosion
Localized corrosion of a metal surface at, or immediately adjacent to, an area that is shielded from full exposure to the environment because of close proximity between the metal and the surface of another material.

critical anodic current density
The maximum anodic current density observed in the active region for a metal or alloy electrode that exhibits active-passive behavior in an environment.

critical flaw size
The size of a flaw (defect) in a structure that will cause failure at a particular stress level.

critical humidity
The relative humidity above which the atmospheric corrosion rate of some metals increases sharply.

critical pitting potential
(Ecp, Ep, Epp) The lowest value of oxidizing potential at which pits nucleate and grow. It is dependent on the test method used.

The net transfer of electric charge per unit time. Also called electric current. See also current density.

current density
The current flowing to or from a unit area of an electrode surface, generally expressed as amps per sq ft or milliamperes per sq ft (also milliamps per sq cm, etc).

current efficiency
The ratio of the electrochemical equivalent current density for a specific reaction to the total applied current density.

The process of prior removal of the active corrosive constituents usually oxygen, from a corrosive liquid by controlled corrosion of expendable metal or by other chemical means, thereby making the liquid less corrosive.

The selective corrosion of one or more components of a solid solution alloy, usually in the form of ions. Also called parting or selective leaching. See also decarburization, decobaltification, denickelification, dezincification, and graphitic corrosion.

The selective leaching or corrosion of a specific constituent (Al, Ni, Mo, Ni) from an alloy.

Loss of carbon from the surface layer of a carbon-containing alloy due to reaction with one or more chemical substances in a medium that contacts the surface. See also dealloying.

Corrosion in which cobalt is selectively leached from cobalt-base alloys, such as Stellite®, or from cemented carbides. See also dealloying and selective leaching.

deep groundbed.
One or more anodes installed vertically at a nominal depth of 15 m (50 ft) or more below the earth's surface in a drilled hole for the purpose of supplying cathodic protection for an underground or submerged metallic structure. See also groundbed.

delta ferrite.
See ferrite.

Removal of dissolved mineral matter, generally from water.

A crystal that has a treelike branching pattern, being most evident in cast metals, slowly cooled through the solidification range.

Corrosion in which nickel is selectively leached from nickel-containing alloys. Most commonly observed in copper-nickel alloys after extended service in fresh water. See also dealloying, and selective Ieaching.

density (of gases).
The mass of a unit volume of a gas at a stated temperature and pressure.

density (of solids and liquids).
The mass of unit volume of a material at a specified temperature.

(1) The removal of oxygen from molten metals by use of suitable deoxidixers. (2) Sometimes refers to the removal of undesirable elements other than oxygen by the introduction of elements or compounds that readily react with them. (3) In metal finishing, the removal of oxide films from metal surfaces by chemical or electrochemical reaction.

A decrease in the polarization of an electrode; the elimination or reduction of polarization by physical or chemical means; depolarization results in increased corrosion.

A substance that produces depolarization.

Foreign substance which comes from the environment, adhering to a surface of a material

deposit attack
Pitting corrosion resulting from deposits on a metal surface which cause concentration cells.