The price to pay for allowing corrosion to creep into your machines or products can be high, resulting in recalls for auto manufacturers and even severe accidents at places like oil and gas refineries, where one small corroded part could compromise the integrity of an entire system.
Although corrosion may be more commonly reported to impact industries that heavily rely on metal machinery and equipment, a recent article in Bloomberg brought to mind that corrosion also affects smaller metal products.
The piece discusses how to make a razor blade last, detailing factors that can cause a razor to become dull, noting that although stainless steel blades may be "stainless," they are not "stain-free." This means that the metal is susceptible to corrosion from exposure to water and even from contact with skin, especially when it is not kept clean and dry.
"It will corrode, particularly in a chloride or salt environment. The human skin is very salty," Thomas Eagar, professor of materials engineering at MIT's department of materials science and engineering told Bloomberg.
If exposure to water in the shower is enough to corrode a razor, just think of what metal equipment in the outdoors is susceptible to, especially when situated by the ocean. Salt water is particularly corrosive, so it becomes especially important for companies operating equipment near the ocean to test for corrosion.
Thinner metals may be particularly susceptible to corrosion, and this is an important consideration to bear in mind, as neglecting to conduct proper testing and maintenance can carry severe consequences. Fortunately, companies in many industries can benefit from corrosion testing to ensure the safety and integrity of their products by taking steps to test for and solve corrosion related issues.