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Forms of Corrosion Recognition and Prevention.

Recently, I joined the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. NACE publishes a wide variety of reference material of value to its members. A large number of these include topics that are of interest to the many CIC members who work in industry. These books are characterized by useful content and reasonable prices. Forms of Corrosion Recognition and Prevention is a good example of the type of books published by NACE.

A study by Battelle Laboratories a few years ago put the annual cost of corrosion in the U.S. at over $US 70 billion. This corresponds to roughly a dollar per day for each and every one of us. Plants fail, pipes fail, systems and components fail ... and yes; so, also do our automobiles. There is a major need in industry to minimize corrosion to keep our plants operating. In this environmentally sensitive era, there is also that major thrust to avoid any corrosion that would result in release of objectionable materials.

This book contains an excellent collection of photographs and case histories compiled by a number of authors. Each failure type is illustrated by photographs of representative failures. Such a compendium is valuable for the identification of corrosion mechanisms in the field. The ability to identify the mechanism(s) aids in establishing preventative actions to minimize corrosion damage. This book is a valuable edition to the library of any chemist or chemical engineer working in industry.

The individual corrosion mechanism classes are described in detail by groups and authored by people with expertise in the particular area. In addition to the case studies and photographs, each individual section covers the theoretical and practical aspects of the corrosion mechanisms discussed.

This is obviously a book that will be updated from time to time. A request is made for additional input from the readers to prepare the next edition. If I had to pick a negative, it is the fact that all photographs are in black and white. It is hard to do justice to a copper corrosion without color, but then the cost would have been much higher.
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Author:Silbert, Marvin
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1993
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