Corrosion Prevention & Control (CPC) Source

May 12, 2014

This article provides just-in-time information and knowledge for assistance in planning, identifying, repairing, or eliminating corrosion during the facilities' life cycle with the objective of reducing overall life-cycle costs, increasing sustainability, and providing improved durability. The term "corrosion" means "the deterioration of a material or its properties due to a reaction of that material with its chemical environment." Corrosion most often is associated with rust and the oxidation of other metals; however, in 10 USC Section 2228, the Congressional definition of corrosion is inclusive of the deterioration of all materials, which can be through sun exposure, mold and mildew, wind, and other environmental elements.

Corrosion mitigation includes selecting the right materials in consideration of the environmental factors that exist in the facility's location. Selecting the correct surface treatment or type of wallboard will make a huge difference in facility durability and longevity.

The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) hosts a large number of corrosion related criteria and Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPC) related resources. By following the CPC Criteria link the SRM Engineer and designer have access to a wealth of knowledge for use to make assigned facilities durable through corrosion resistance.

Joseph C. Dean, PE, for the Director, Corrosion Policy & Oversight, U.S. Department of Defense
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Whole Buildings Design Guide Safe/Secure Group

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