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Corrosion: Environments and Industries

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S.D. Cramer
S.D. Cramer
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B.S. Covino, Jr.
B.S. Covino, Jr.
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ASM International
Volume
13C
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-184-9
Publication date:
2006
Book Chapter

Corrosion of Metal Artifacts Displayed in Outdoor Environments

By
L.S. Selwyn
L.S. Selwyn
Canadian Conservation Institute
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P.R. Roberge
P.R. Roberge
Royal Military College of Canada
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Published:
2006
Page range:
289 - 305
Publication history
September 26, 2006

Abstract

This article describes the various environmental factors that cause corrosion on metal artifacts. These include water, temperature fluctuations, pollutants, local conditions of acidity or alkalinity, vegetation, and animals. The corrosion processes experienced by five common metals used in outdoor artifacts are discussed. The metals include copper alloys, iron alloys, lead, zinc, and aluminum. The article discusses conservation and preservation strategies for these metals. It also provides a discussion on conservation strategies for gold.

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L.S. Selwyn, P.R. Roberge, 2006. "Corrosion of Metal Artifacts Displayed in Outdoor Environments", Corrosion: Environments and Industries, S.D. Cramer, B.S. Covino, Jr.

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