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Two case histories illustrate the use of simple electrochemical testing techniques for trouble-shooting corrosion problems in the chemical process industry. Simple electrochemical techniques that are within the capability of the non-electrochemical specialist are seen to be powerful tools for problem-solving. The measurement and interpretation of corrosion potentials, galvanic currents, and polarization curves, in particular, are presented. How these techniques are used by the production-support corrosion engineer and the researcher is seen to differ, because of their differing objectives and constraints. Accordingly, their work must be judged by different criteria.
electrochemistry, troubleshooting, polarization, case history, practical applications, galvanic corrosion, pitting, electrochemical potential, stainless steels, weld corrosion, localized corrosion, testing, corrosion testing
Senior materials specialist, The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI