Corrosion studies have been conducted at the National Bureau of Standards for many years and are now combined in the Corrosion Section of the Metallurgy Division. Originally interest was concentrated on laboratory and field tests of the comparative corrosion of ferrous and non‐ferrous metals in various environments, and of the efficiency of protective coatings. At present, the programme is concerned more with studies of the basic principles and theories of the corrosion of metals than with comparative tests; the only test programmes that are active today are those sponsored by other Government agencies or by technical associations. Researches in progress are concerned with the corrosion of metals in service underground, and in marine and other environments, and with basic considerations of the corrosion of metals in various environments, with and without applied stress. These will be discussed in approximately the order in which the investigations were initiated.
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