Predict the likelihood and severity of corrosion with corrosion simulation

With the advancement of technology, corrosion simulation has become an essential tool in materials science and engineering, particularly when predicting and analyzing the degradation of materials due to chemical, electrochemical, or environmental interactions. It offers a proactive approach to managing the longevity and reliability of critical infrastructure.

What is corrosion simulation?

Corrosion simulation is a computational process that uses advanced modeling software to predict the likelihood and severity of corrosion in various environments and applications involving metallic materials.

Corrosion simulation takes into account numerous factors that can induce corrosion, such as:

  • Moisture
  • Chemical exposure
  • Mechanical stress

By inputting different parameters, the software can help in understanding how these factors contribute to corrosion processes. This is particularly useful for industries that rely on the integrity of metal structures, as it aids in the development of corrosion prevention strategies and maintenance planning. The models can simulate different types of corrosion, providing a comprehensive overview of potential risks and damage, including:

  • Galvanic
  • Pitting
  • Crevice corrosion

This preemptive approach allows for the design of more durable and resilient structures, reducing the likelihood of costly repairs or replacements due to corrosion damage. Furthermore, simulations can aid in the development of effective corrosion protection systems, such as coatings or cathodic protection strategies. These virtual models enable a deeper understanding of complex corrosion mechanisms, which can lead to innovative solutions and improvements in material performance.

Common uses of corrosion simulation

Corrosion simulation is commonly used in the design phase of a product or structure, allowing engineers to forecast the lifespan and maintenance needs of different materials under various conditions. For instance, in industries like automotive, aerospace, and construction, where materials are exposed to harsh environments, corrosion simulation can guide material selection and protective coating decisions. It’s also crucial for the oil and gas sector, where pipeline integrity is paramount.

Ultimately, using corrosion simulation can lead to cost savings by reducing the need for physical prototypes and extending the maintenance intervals and overall durability of the structures or products. It’s a proactive approach to corrosion management that ensures the safety, reliability, and longevity of infrastructure and machinery, promoting sustainability and economic efficiency.

To discuss how AltaSim Technologies can use Corrosion Simulation to help with your product development needs, contact us to arrange a consultation.