Atmospheric Corrosion

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



rer. nat., D. (2004), "Atmospheric Corrosion", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 51 No. 3.



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Atmospheric Corrosion

Atmospheric Corrosion

C. Leygraf and T. GraedelJohn Wiley and Sons Inc. ( p.ISBN 0-471-37219-6US $ 99.95; £ 58.95; 83.30 (hard back)

This book provides a thorough introduction to atmospheric corrosion, a field that evolved during the 20th century and affects a wide variety of materials in different applications. The text treats the chemical aspects of atmospheric corrosion and the mechanisms of corrosion of specific materials under different environmental conditions (Figure 1).

Figure 1

The book is divided into 13 chapters that are organized in four themes. Chapters 1-5 introduce the subject of atmospheric corrosion, including basic concepts, the progressive stages of atmospheric corrosion, and the involvement of atmospheric gases and particles in corrosion. Chapters 6-9 present the information on corrosion mechanisms in different environments (indoors, outdoors, laboratory) and the formation of different corrosion products in different atmospheric environments. Chapters 10-12 discuss practical topics, such as materials used for structural and architectural applications, electronics, how these materials degrade and may be protected, and what materials could be chosen by designers for future applications. The main text concludes with chapter 13 about possible evolution of atmospheric corrosion in the future.

The authors handle the general aspects of atmospheric corrosion in the main text and have included information relating to specific materials, such as aluminum, copper, steel, carbonate stone, etc., in eight appendices. The appendices also include information on experimental techniques for identifying phases in corrosion products, and computer models of atmospheric corrosion.

The book aims to combine information from experimental and theoretical studies of atmospheric corrosion and the authors have succeeded in doing so. The writing style is clear and the organization of the book is careful and logical. Drawings and diagrams help the reader to understand the content, and selected references at the end of each chapter offer additional sources of reading material to the reader. The book also includes a glossary of some basic corrosion- relevant terms and an extensive index.

The book is a thorough introductory text to the various aspects of atmospheric corrosion. The text does not intend to cover all aspects of atmospheric corrosion or the latest research developments in this area. The division of the book into the main text describing in general the different aspects of atmospheric corrosion and the appendices with applications to specific materials, facilitate the use by both novice in this specific field and application scientist/engineer who seeks information on specific materials.

The book is written for advanced undergraduate students and beginning graduate students in physical science and engineering majors. It can also be a valuable and thorough reference guide to practicing corrosion professionals who are interested in the corrosion mechanisms and the selection and protection of metallic and non- metallic materials in different environments.

Dr rer. nat. Ralph BäßlerFederal Institute for Materials Research and TestingE-mail:

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