What Causes Corrosion and Decomposition?
Cost and Maintenance of Corrosion-Damaged Infrastructures
All infrastructures are affected by corrosion; it can shorten the life of train and rail systems, highway bridges, buildings and pipeline systems. Corrosion can result in serious public and industrial safety issues.
In USA, corrosion is costing approximately $300 billion per year, for metallic corrosion (about 4% of GNP or >$1000 per person). More than one third of costs considered avoidable using existing know-how and technology. (Batelle news release, 1996.)
This is Part I of the History Channel documentaries reporting bit by bit the causes, impact, and ways on how to prevent corrosion using modern protective applications, science, and technology.