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RE: Galvanic corrosion

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For a carbon steel fastener used with an austenitic stainless steel base
metal (type 304), "the corrosion of the base metal is not increased by the
fastener" but "the corrosion of the fastener is increased by the base

Source: Table 10 in AISI Designer's Handbook Series, "Stainless Steel
Fasteners - A Systematic Approach to Their Selection" (1976); or Table 32 in
AISI / Nickel Development Institute Handbook Series No. 9014, "Design
Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Stainless Steel", (1991). 

William C. Sherman, PE
CDM, Denver, CO
Phone: 303-298-1311
Fax: 303-293-8236
email: shermanwc(--nospam--at)

-----Original Message-----
From: Al Greene [mailto:agreene(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 11:39 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Galvanic corrosion

Does anyone have any case histories or can they cite any studies of the
effects of galvanic corrosion of a small steel area (hook) occasionally
contacting a large 304 stainless steel area (trunnion) over much time (10-40
years) in a variety of atmospheres from dry to completely wet?  I'm trying
to answer a customer's concern, but cannot find anything beyond the basic
text book type stuff in my library.  Thanks.

Al Greene, PE
Civil Engineer
Bigge Crane & Rigging Co.
San Leandro, CA

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