Corrosion can be a big problem in the solar industry, though new advances in solar power production methods will likely be developed which are free from the impact of corrosion.
Thermal shock is the process by which a temperature gradient causes separate areas of a material to expand differently, creating stress on the material. Once the stress exceeds the strength of the material, a crack forms and will begin to propagate through the material until the material ultimately fails.
Wear is an erosion process that occurs through surface contact. There are many environmental factors that can affect the wear rate of a material in operation such as stress loading, temperature, the type of surface contact, as well as the type of material.
A chemical corrosion inhibitor is a compound that, through many different mechanisms, can decrease the corrosion rate of a material (typically an alloy or pure metal) when added to a liquid or gas in contact with said material.
Microbially induced corrosion (MIC) is a type of corrosion that is either directly or indirectly caused by microorganisms, usually chemoautotrophs, and there are very few situations in which MIC cannot occur.
Composites provide exceptionally high strength to weight ratios, making them attractive materials for use in industries in which weight matters – namely, the automotive industry.
There are many applications, particularly in the aerospace and automobile industries, that require composites with a high temperature resistance. Metal, glass and ceramic-matrix composites provided higher temperature resistance with operating temperatures up to 900° C.