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The Ibero-American Map of Atmospheric Corrosiveness (MICAT) project was set up in 1988 sponsored by the International Ibero-American Programme “Science and Technology for Development (CYTED)”. Fourteen countries are currently involved in the project: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. Research is conducted both at laboratories and in a network of 72 atmospheric exposure test sites throughout the Ibero-American region, thus considering a broad spectrum of climatological and pollution conditions. Although with its own peculiarities, the project basically follows the outline of the ISOCORRAG and ICP/UNECE projects, with the aim of a desirable link between the three projects. In the paper the update annual corrosion results are reported. An attempt is also made to correlate corrosion data with meteorological and pollution parameters.
atmospheric corrosion, cooperative international project, annual corrosion, low-carbon steel, zinc, copper, aluminum, rural environment, urban environment, industrial environment, marine environment, statistical processing
Head of the MICAT Project, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas, Madrid,