Corrosion is the gradual breakdown of a material that occurs when it comes into contact with water or air. This process happens to metals, but can be devastating for concrete structures as they are often reinforced by steel. And without protection from corrosion, over time, significant structural issues will arise. It’s important to protect your concrete structure against this natural cause in order to ensure its continued integrity.
One way you could do so would be through sacrificial zinc anodes which provide excellent service due to great reliability amongst all other options available on today’s market!
A sacrificial anode (such as a Zinc Anode Rod in Canada) is a negatively charged material that attracts electrons and slowly corrodes in place of more active, negative materials such as steel. This creates the perfect balance to stop corrosion from happening elsewhere on metal components.
Although zinc anodes are more affordable, it makes an excellent protector for other metals (like tin metal sheets) because of its high activity. When this sacrificial agent comes into contact with water and oxygen, such as in the case of electrolysis or corrosion processes occurring on another metallic surface nearby, the more reactive elements will react to form new compounds that are less harmful than before.
The sacrificial anodes are installed by drilling small holes in the concrete structure, which is then drilled into with a variety of standard and custom size options to suit any structural requirement. These protective devices help prevent corrosion from damaging your structures metal parts that could lead to costly repairs or replacements.
This system of sacrificial anodes are useful for a variety of applications, including: balconies, bridge decks, parking garages, piers and wharves, and any other steel-reinforced structure you can think of (assuming it is concrete, too).
Zinc Anode Rod in Canada
If you have any questions concerning sacrificial anodes and zinc anode rods, make sure to contact Canada Metal for more information and for a wide variety of applications.
Our sacrificial anodes can be used for: Hulls, Sea Tanks, Bilges, Bottom Plates, Keels, Rudders, Shaft Tunnels, Ballast Tanks, Cargo Tanks, Steel Pipelines, Production Platforms, Steel Pier Piles, and Heat Exchangers.
Corrosion is a problem for any metal structure, but it is especially troublesome in marine environments. The most common anodes are made of magnesium or zinc, which are both reactive metals and will corrode themselves if they come into contact with saltwater. This means that when the magnesium or zinc anode does its job (protecting the steel part), it also corrodes itself away until there’s nothing left to protect your boat from corrosion!
Canada Metal offers a unique non-reactive aluminum alloy bar and plate anodes that provide superior protection without self-corroding. Our patented technology allows our products to last up to 10 times longer than conventional zinc or magnesium-based alternatives. We offer two styles of bar/plate designs – bolt-on and weld-on – as well as teardrop shapes for use in confined spaces such as engine compartments, bilges, and machinery rooms.