Power Plant Corrosion

Power plants for the generation of electricity are among the most complex sites related to corrosion, involving many different corrosion mechanisms and requiring a full range of corrosion control approaches. The core activity in almost all electrical power plants is the generation of steam to drive turbines that, in turn, spin dynamos. Historically, fossil fuels (i.e., wood, coal, gas, and oil) were used almost exclusively to heat water and make steam until the introduction of nuclear power steam generators in the second part of the 20th century. The two types of power plants have many operations and components in common, but each presents specific corrosion control challenges.

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