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Things to Consider Before Using a Corrosion Inhibitor

Apr 6th 2015 at 12:25 AM


It has been claimed by experts that the cost of corrosion can be staggering, which has been estimated to run into trillions of dollars. Corrosion can indeed have a huge impact not only in terms of costs but even in health and safety of people. It is very heartening to note that there are measures available that can be used to address this problem.

One such measure that has shown to be very effective is the use of corrosion inhibitor. A corrosion inhibitor is basically a chemical compound that when added to a material, result to the decrease in the rate of corrosion, mostly metal but may include different materials also. This has made it possible for materials and other objects to function optimally for longer periods of time.

But before this preventive measure is applied, there are some important things to consider before using a corrosion inhibitor.

Type of Materials to be Protected

Materials may consist of different components with their own distinguishing attributes and properties. In the case of metals, it may be sourced from iron, copper, or a combination of different elements. Due to the different composition and corrosive agents present, each material may require a corrosion inhibitor designed to address the specific material. As an example, for the protection of materials made of copper, the corrosion inhibitor should be one containing Benzotriazole as an active ingredient.

Degree of Exposure to the Elements

Temperature, humidity, exposure to corrosive agents, seasonal conditions, and other elements can have a significant effect on the rate of corrosion. It may be common knowledge that exposure of objects to sea water will hasten corrosion. These factors should also be considered in choosing the type of corrosion inhibitor. Obviously, a shipping vessel would be requiring a higher level of corrosion inhibitor since it is constantly in contact with sea water, a known corrosive agent.

Safety and Health Requirement

Especially during these times when we are concerned with the environment and health, this factor should be given utmost consideration in choosing a corrosion inhibitor. For those who may be allergic to a certain ingredient, then it may be wise to choose the appropriate product.

Other Factors

Aside from these, there are other things to consider when choosing a corrosion inhibitor, such as method of application, timeframe of protection, type of protection required, and many others. So before purchasing one, it is best to have a discussion with your corrosion inhibitor provider.

About the Company:

Novamen Inc. is a privately held company and was started in 2010. With over 30 years of combined knowledge and experience in these markets, the founders are building the company with the intention of offering products and services to industrial clients that go beyond those of traditional chemical companies. Operating in Alberta, Novamen Inc. focus is primarily to industrial, oil, natural gas and mining industries throughout Canada. Visit Novamen inc. to learn more about the chemical solutions you need more accessible, efficient, and cost effective than it has ever been.

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