The impact of corrosion can have catastrophic consequences and incalculable costs for the owners of the assets and society in general.
Corrosion costs could be associated and classified according to the following:
- Replacement of structural elements, equipment and assets.
- Maintenance costs during the service life of the assets.
- High costs related to production shutdowns or reductions.
- Accidents caused by corrosion problems in the structures.
- Contamination due to losses or leaks in the elements or equipment.
- Government sanctions generated by corrosion problems.
Corrosion cannot be stopped, but with the appropriate experience and knowledge it can be controlled by significantly minimizing the risk, impact and costs indicated.
Corrosion control includes material selection, design, chemical treatments, coatings, cathodic protection and, as far as possible, environmental control.