Corrosion can be catastrophic, but it is not a necessary curse!

Corrosion Forms

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Recommendations for sound corrosion control into components and systems require that a special care is given to the forms or types of corrosion that can occur. However, one has to realize that one type of corrosion can lead into a series of worsening reactions where other types of corrosion attack can become the dominating factors. A simple galvanic situation aggravated by the presence of an electrolyte can cause devastating effects as was observed in the supporting saddles of the Statue of Liberty during its restoration. The different forms of corrosion represent corrosion phenomena categorized according to their appearance:

Group 1 -readily identifiable by ordinary visual examination

Group 2 - may require supplementary means of examination

Group 3 - verification is usually required by microscopy (optical, electron microscopy etc.)