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Taking on the High Cost of Corrosion
Posted on October 16th, 2017 by Matt Weber in Chemical R&D
The problem of America’s aging infrastructure is one that we hear lamented on a regular basis.
One of the main factors of the infrastructure problem is corrosion, which has an array of terrible effects, including safety risks, expensive plant shutdowns and increased maintenance needs. It has been estimated that corrosion is costing the U.S. economy some $2.5 trillion dollars. Given that tackling the challenges of corrosion is one of the most serious issues facing today’s engineers, it’s no wonder that “corrosion” is one of the top 10 terms that chemistry professionals search when using the Knovel database.
Simply identifying the existence of corrosion (before it’s too late), as well as its root causes, are significant difficulties that engineers have to overcome. Actually fighting corrosion problems once they have been discovered is then another daunting challenge. Easy access to accurate, reliable data is absolutely critical for engineers as they deal with these corrosion problems. Access to data can also help them to take a more proactive approach in tackling the corrosion challenges that threaten our infrastructure, and getting ahead of these problems is always best both in terms of safety and the financial bottom line.
To learn more about what engineers can do to take on the cost of industrial corrosion, check out this article.
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