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Galvanic Corrosion Chart 


Corrosion Types - Galvanic Corrosion


What is a Galvanic Corrosion Chart?

A Galvanic Corrosion Chart is a chart that contains the galvanic or electrochemical series ranks of  metals according to their potential, generally measured with respect to the Standard Calomel Electrode (S.C.E.).

This Galvanic Corrosion Chart says that the "anodic" or "less noble" metals at the negative end of the series - at the right of this diagram, such as magnesium, zinc and aluminium - are more likely to be attacked than those at the "cathodic" or "noble" end of the series such as gold and graphite.


The critical point is the difference in potential of the two materials being considered as a joined pair.


A difference of hundreds of millivolts is likely to result in galvanic corrosion, but only a few tens of millivolts is unlikely to be a problem. 

Galvanic corrosion is a localized mechanism by which metals can be preferentially corroded. This form or type of corrosion has the potential to attack junctions of metals, or regions where one construction metal is changed to another.

Frequently this condition arises because different metals are more easily fabricated into certain forms; an example might be a door frame manufactured from aluminum extrusions (aluminum extrudes extremely well into architectural sections), but with a door handle fabricated from stainless steel grades tube to exploit its higher strength and abrasion resistance.  

The table below reports the Corrosion potentials in flowing sea water at ambient temperature.

The unshaded symbols show ranges exhibited by stainless steels in acidic water such as may exist in crevices or in stagnant or low velocity or poorly aerated water where Stainless Steel become active, while the shaded areas show the potentials of Stainless Steel when is in passive state.


Galvanic Corrosion, Galvanic Series of Metals in Seawater

This table is taken from: Atlas Steel Technical Note No. 7 "Galvanic Corrosion"

Galvanic corrosion is a function of several different factors that need to be carefully evaluated when assessing the likelihood to have galvanic corrosion.

We suggest you to have a look also at our Galvanic Corrosion page and also at Galvanic Corrosion Links where you can find documents on Galvanic Corrosion.                      


see also:

Galvanic Corrosion

Galvanic Series of Metal in Seawater

Seawater Corrosion Rates of Metals

Steel Aluminum Galvanic Corrosion

Aluminum Galvanic Corrosion

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