Although thermally sprayed aluminum (TSA) has come to be recognized as an effective corrosion protection treatment, its use has been limited to off-shore structures. The fact that TSA coatings were unsuccessful as an alternative to traditional organic coatings has more to do with economics than technology. This paper presents life cycle cost models that justify the much higher level of investment required with TSA spraying while accounting for its ecological advantages in terms of energy, waste, and volatile emissions. Paper includes a German-language abstract.

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