Corrosion is a familiar electrochemical reaction. In the general case, a metal is oxidized and thus moves from a solid to a liquid (ionic) state resulting in the solid sample losing mass. About 3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the U.S. is spent every year combating the effects of this seemingly simple process of corrosion. Corrosion affects the oil company that is pumping hot crude through miles of pipelines, the military that spends billions of dollars on ships and aircraft that spend their entire active life at sea, the civil engineer designing rebar support for the concrete in bridges, the automobile industry looking at the effects of road salts or galvanic couples, to the bio-material scientist developing medical stints and joint replacements that are implanted into people in hospitals every day. Corrosion is a real world problem, the effects of which should be considered any time a metal is put into service in a salty, humid environment.
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