October 2018, Vol. 245, No. 10

Corrosion Control

Minimizing Cost with Reinforced Polymer

By Eric Kidd, Bedford Reinforced Plastics Corrosion is a costly maintenance issue that widely affects piping and other infrastructures across the globe. This is especially true in industries that deal with highly corrosive environments where water, moisture, salt spray and chemicals are a constant. According to the World Corrosion Organization (WCO), the annual cost of corrosion worldwide is $2.2 trillion. That’s more than 3% of the world’s GDP. In the U.S. alone, a study conducted by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) estimated that corrosion cost more than $42 billion in 2013. When it comes to underground infrastructures, th

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