Case Studies & Research
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has rated almost 200,000 bridges, or one of every three bridges in the U.S., as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. And more than one-fourth of all bridges in this country are over fifty years old, which is the average design-life of a bridge. The opportunity to do something about it is upon us.
To learn more about how The Coating Solution Forum can help start to fix this ongoing problem — play the presentation and click on the map to find the structurally deficient bridges in your area.
Click here to view the State of the Bridge Report
What is Corrosion?
Much like the rusting of steel, corrosion is the disintegration of metal through an unintentional chemical or electrochemical action that begins on its surface. It is a natural, yet controllable process.
Causes of Corrosion
Water / moisture, acids, bases, salts, oils, and other solid or liquid chemicals … essentially any element or condition that interrupts the integrity of metal in its solid state in a respective environment.
Costs of Corrosion
Without corrosion mitigation to our national infrastructure the threat to our environment and public safety is real and substantial. The economic impact is also a significant concern:
Negative effect on U.S. economy = $500 billion per year. That’s about $1,500 per citizen.*
- Source: NACE International, United States Cost of Corrosion Study
Using the stringent NACE 13/ACS 1 Standard, qualified coating experts are able to suspend the deterioration process. Extended structural life, lower maintenance and peace of mind – the net benefits of taking a proactive approach.