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.

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Half of the nation’s power outages, loss of billions of gallons of drinking water, oil spills, bridge degradation and countless other losses can be prevented through building our infrastructure and consumer goods to withstand corrosion’s attacks. The U.S. spends billions of dollars every year on repairing damages due to corrosion—the best way to lower this cost is to keep corrosion from happening in the first place.

Thankfully, leading researchers at the University of Akron and the U.S. Department of Defense have developed successful methods of prevention. The best weapons we have in our fight against corrosion are coatings that protect the surface under attack from the environment

Scientists use small plates, called coupons, to test how different materials and different coatings react in highly corrosive environments. Those that beat out the competition make their way onto commercial airplanes, fighter jets, ships, your car and even your cell phone!

At the Science Center’s newest exhibit, “Corrosion: The Silent Menace,” you can learn hands-on about preventing corrosion. You can take part in a CSI (that’s a Corrosion Science Investigation) to determine what materials and coatings are the best at warding off corrosion.

Interested in protecting your own home and belongings against corrosion? The best thing you can do is treat your house, car, bike, etc. with a protective coating designed to prevent corrosion. Quickly fixing paint scratches is also important—a scratch in this protective layer is practically an invitation for corrosion to damage your belonging!

Learn more about corrosion prevention at “Corrosion: The Silent Menace,” opening March 16.


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