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Corrosion is material deterioration under adverse environment. Although the rate of corrosion cannot be prevented, it can be controlled. The annual hardware loss as a result of corrosion in the Unites States alone is estimated to be around $80 billion. This enormous loss warrants better techniques for corrosion control. Since government agencies, educational institutions and industry are conducting extensive research on corrosion, a centralized knowledge management and collaboration among them are particularly important.

Current area of focus on corrosion at the CFC includes:

  • The materials affected by corrosion will include metals (steel, aluminum, alloys), composites, hybrids and concrete (steel and FRP reinforced)
  • Determine the vehicles (civil and military), structures and weapon systems affected by corrosion
  • Research the various types and mechanisms of corrosion
  • To assess the various nondestructive corrosion inspection and evaluation technologies for land, air and sea applications
  • Evaluate steel alloys with corrosion inhibiting additives as concrete reinforcement.

At the CFC available data relating to corrosion is being gathered, analyzed, sorted and presented in the form of taxonomy by developing a web-based repository for improved collaboration and information sharing on corrosion issues. This work is being carried out in collaboration with ManTech Inc., and other industries.