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Everywhere you look, the human-made world surrounds us. But engineering marvels such as skyscrapers, airplanes and even your smartphone are under threat from a process known as corrosion.
The Science Center’s newest exhibit explores what corrosion is, why it happens, how we can prevent it and how you can join the effort to conquer this silent menace.
- 3D Mapping: Thanks to projection technology, visualize how corrosion affects infrastructure including steel, pipes and signage.
- Cracking Under Stress: Test beam and truss shapes by applying weight and looking at them from polarized glass to see where they are most affected by stress and therefore more likely to corrode.
- The Case of the Cracked Crawler Shoes: Investigate real NASA artifacts and walk in the footsteps of a corrosion engineer to determine the cause of a corrosion incident.
- Careers in Corrosion: Hear from professionals in the field of corrosion engineering about their experiences and how they got inspired to address these problems and ensure our safety.
- Little Plates Reveal Big Secrets: Act as a corrosion scientist investigating samples of materials exposed in a corrosive environment to determine which materials and coatings provide the best protection from corrosion.
- CORRSim Junior: Take an (inter)active role in preventing corrosion by painting your bike and protecting it from the elements in this Kinect experience.
14 March 2013
Posted in Corrosion: The Silent Menace
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true when it comes to corrosion prevention.
The correct approach to keeping corrosion at bay helps save both money and lives. Although many corrosion prevention techniques are costly, they more than pay for themselves by increasing the safety of our infrastructure and lowering maintenance costs.