A new study from the National Research Council (NRC) has found that, although metal processing can improve the efficiency of steel and aluminum, it’s also one of the main reasons for poor corrosion control and corrosion control failures.
The study is the first to investigate how metal processing affects corrosion control in the steel industry.
According to the report, the process of processing metal is “more likely to lead to poor corrosion, less likely to improve corrosion control, and more likely to increase the risk of a steel corrosion-related failure.”
The study analyzed more than 1,000 steel-processing incidents involving over 30,000 incidents over a 14-year period, using the International Solid-State Magnetic Resonance Imaging (SSMI) technology.
“In these studies, we were able to determine how the processing of metal affects corrosion,” study author Thomas Burt of the NRC’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, told reporters during a press conference today.
“It’s not just about the metals we use, it also includes other metals and chemicals that are used in the processing process.”
“When you have metal processing, you can have corrosion, but if you don’t properly control corrosion, it can cause a lot of problems,” he added.
“You’re dealing with potentially hundreds of chemicals that have a significant impact on corrosion control.”
The findings of the study were presented at the American Society of Chemical Engineers (ASCE) 2016 Industrial and Manufacturing Process Engineering Symposium.
“We are starting to realize that corrosion is an issue in steel fabrication processes,” said Burt.
“And, in fact, this study suggests that a high level of corrosion is the primary reason for failure.
So, if you have a high-quality process, you’re not going to have any corrosion problems.”
According to the study, the results indicate that the steel manufacturing industry faces a number of challenges, including inadequate control and proper control of metal processing.
The authors found that while the industry is making progress in its efforts to reduce the number of steel-related manufacturing-related incidents, the industry still faces a high risk of manufacturing-specific failures and corrosion-causing failures, which are much more serious.
The researchers also noted that while a high degree of control is necessary for good metal processing and corrosion controls, it is difficult to have a very high degree.
The paper found that there are three main factors contributing to poor metal processing: “poor control of corrosion,” “lack of controls,” and “poor controls.”
According the authors, these factors are associated with “a high risk for a steel- and aluminum-related production failure.”
“The key takeaway here is that the industry needs to do a better job of controlling corrosion, and the industry must do a much better job in controlling the process itself,” said Thomas Borton, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who led the study.
“If we don’t control the process, we’re going to fail.”
According Burt, the study’s findings could be an important step toward improving the industry’s controls and corrosion management.
“This study is an important reminder that there’s no one silver bullet for corrosion control,” he said.
“There’s no magic bullet, and there’s only one way to control corrosion and corrosion failure: through a high percentage of controls, control of processes, and good control of the processes.”
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