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Anti-corrosion refers to the protection of metal surfaces from corroding in high-risk (corrosive) environments.

When metallic materials are put into corrosive environments, they tend to have chemical reactions with the air and/or water. The effects of corrosion become evident on the surfaces of these materials. For example, after putting the iron into a corrosive atmosphere for an extended period, the iron starts rusting due to oxygen interaction with water on the iron's surface. Therefore, metal equipment lacking any preventive (anti-corrosive) measures, may become rusted both inside and out, depending upon atmospheric conditions and how much of that equipment is exposed to the air. There are a number of methods for preventing corrosion, especially in marine applications. Anti-corrosion measures are of particular importance in environments where high humidity, mist, and salt are factors.

Protection from corrosion[edit]

  • Enclosure design: fully sealed enclosures (at least full IP65) to protect internal electronic components, used in highly salty and damp places
  • Painting treatments on the surface: Another way to protect metal housings from corrosion is by using anti-corrosive paint or powder coat on the metallic surface. The function of this coating is to act as a barrier that inhibits contact between chemical compounds or corrosive materials with the metal housing.