Chemical corrosion induced by an electrical current. Galvanic corrosion will occur when two metals of different electrochemical potential, such as Zinc and Iron, come in contact with each other in the presence of water or high humidity. The electrochemical difference causes electrons to flow from one metal to the other. The less noble metal, in this case zinc, is eaten away. This is the reason zinc is used as a sacrificial coating to galvanize Steel.
Synonyms and Related Terms
dissimilar metal corrosion
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