Stop Corrosion Before It Starts!

Corrosion can occur when an alloy is exposed to moisture and other elements or chemicals which cause the material to deteriorate. Rolled Alloys has put together a list of tips to help you avoid corrosion. 

  • Choose Stainless Steel:  Although all metals can corrode, stainless steels are more resistant to corrosion than other alloys.

  • Know your environment:  If you don’t know the conditions (acidity, temperatures, loads, other service needs), the wrong alloy can be selected and corrosion be severe.  Example: a typical rule of thumb is that corrosion rates double for every ten degree (centigrade) increase in temperature, for a given concentration of an acid.

  • Avoid crevice corrosion: Welding and the use of gaskets and proper drainage can reduce access to the crevice.

  • Make sure metal surface stays clean and dry: A routine cleaning schedule will reduce the chance of build up where crevices start.

  • For applications in or near salt water, stainless steel will corrode in the presence of salts (chlorides).  Using a more resistant alloy, like ZERON® 100 or AL-6XN® will provide better protection.

We have an extensive inventory of corrosion resistant alloys.  To learn more about them, click here for our duplex stainless steels or click here for our conventional stainless steels.

If you have technical questions, please contact Rolled Alloys Metallurgical Services at 1-800-521-0332. You can also submit questions and requests through our website, using this link: https://www.rolledalloys.com/technical-resources/rams/ask-rams/