Corrosion in the Solar Industry

December 13, 2016

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.

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Thermal Shock

December 08, 2016

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.

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Wear: Adhesive, Abrasive, Fatigue and Failure

November 29, 2016

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.

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Chemical Corrosion Inhibitors, Redux

November 18, 2016

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.

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Microbially Induced Corrosion

November 15, 2016

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.

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Passivation and Corrosion

October 21, 2016

Passivation is a term that refers to a material becoming less affected by the operating environment. Generally passivation is used to strengthen and preserve the appearance of easily corroded metals.

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Creep aka "Cold Flow"

September 19, 2016

Concrete has a tendency to ‘creep,’ or deform progressively under mechanical stress, which leads to many of the crumbling bridges and cracked roads we're now seeing across the US.

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