Materials World is the monthly publication of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). This month’s issue focuses on corrosion, and includes:
- The power of protection: Investigating the causes and prevention of corrosion in steel-reinforced concrete using cathodic methods, this article looks at metal-sprayed protection. The trial of a new aluminium, zinc and indium alloy at Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) airport in France is reviewed. The necessary steps to prepare substrates for zinc spraying are explained.
- Building rescue: Local emission sources in cities cause high levels of pollution, damaging structural materials such as stone and metal. Professor Geoff Allen from the University of Bristol’s Interface Analysis Centre, UK, discusses the degradation processes and the solutions required for conservation. He also considers the limitation of coatings based on a silane polymer treatment that are currently under development.
- Corrosion – Are we bothered?: Stuart Lyon from The University of Manchester gives an overview of corrosion – explaining the reactions that cause it, the role of organic coatings, as well as exploring beneficial corrosion processes and stress-corrosion.
In addition, Materials World carries industry and conference news, as well as event listings. The mining feature in June’s issue covers uranium deposits at Bokan Mountain in Alaska. With investors predicting rising demand and soaring prices, this project hopes to be at the forefront of the trend. The changing level of interest in the mine from the 1960s to the present day is reported.