Metal dusting is a type of corrosion that occurs at high temperatures (300-850 °C) most commonly when iron, nickel, or cobalt is exposed to an environment with high carbon activities.
Materials used in space must stand up to one of the most severe environments known to man. For that reason, materials in space applications must be extremely corrosion resistant.
Tribocorrosion is the breakdown of a material due to both corrosion and wear, but can be either positive or negative depending on its application. Although its beneficial applications are limited, future research will likely uncover potential applications even more beneficial than those currently in use.
Glass is generally seen as a highly corrosion resistant material, but despite being good material choice for severe environments, glass can undergo corrosion, known as “glass disease.”
Magnesium is lightweight, strong enough for many vital applications, and easy to manufacture. Scientists are working to make it corrosion resistant, as well.
Also known as liquid metal induced embrittlement, LME occurs when normally ductile metals experience a drastic increase in brittleness after exposure to certain liquid metals.