Beneath the Surface: Evaluating Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel Underground

Whether in the atmosphere, submerged in water, or embedded in soil, there are many different corrosion mechanisms that impact the longevity of hot-dip galvanized steel.  Most commonly hot-dip galvanizing is used to...
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Hot-Dip Galvanized Distribution Poles Steeling Power

Hot-dip galvanized steel has been used in the electric utility market since the advent of high voltage lines.  Whether in a generation facility, substation, lattice tower, or renewable energy components, galvanized...
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Is hot-dip galvanized steel considered anti-sparking?

Yes, hot-dip galvanized coatings are anti-sparking and nonincendiary as are most zinc coatings. The exception is zinc coating alloys that have 30 to 55% aluminum. It is important to realize if the galvanized steel i...
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Can hot-dip galvanized steel be used for beds of dump trucks for road salts?

Road salts can be very corrosive to galvanized steel (as well as other protective coatings). When the salts are dry they are not very corrosive, but once water is added to the salts, the saltwater solution will aggr...
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Methods to Reduce the Occurrence of Strain-Age Embrittlement

There are several ways to reduce the occurrence of strain-age embrittlement, but all methods focus on one aspect – reducing the stresses induced into the steel prior to galvanizing. Instead of cold working, which in...
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Is it safe for food to be in contact with galvanized steel?

For most foods, contact with galvanized steel is perfectly safe. Only acidic foods should not come in contact with galvanized steel according the the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The acid in some foods reacts wi...
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Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel in Contact with Treated Wood

Pressure treated wood is often used for construction areas that will be exposed to the weather or in high moisture areas. The chemicals used to treat this wood have been revised in 2003 to remove some of the potenti...
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Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel in Water Applications

The varieties of water throughout the world differ to the extent that predicting corrosion rates is very difficult for all coatings. Many parameters affect corrosion of metals in a water environment , including pH l...
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Hot-Dip Galvanized Reinforcing Steel (Rebar) in Concrete Applications

Galvanized reinforcing steel is effectively and economically used in concrete where unprotected reinforcement will not have adequate durability. The susceptibility of concrete structures to the intrusion of chloride...
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Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel in Contact with Other Metals

Hot-dip galvanized steel is well suited for use in a variety of environments and fabrications, and sometimes is placed in contact with different metals including, among others, stainless steel, aluminum, copper and...
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