Evaluation of the Influence of Fossil Fuel on Corrosion Resistance of Brass


Brass is an excellent material choice for use in most industrial and agricultural application. Brass offers much better thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance than carbon or even stainless steel. Brass is an excellent material for use in both hot and cold water industrial and residential system including those carrying portable water. This study was carried out to investigate and evaluate the influence of fossil fuel like petrol, kerosene and diesel on the corrosion performance of brass. The samples were prepared for the study by cutting brass into 1 cm2 coupons and soaking them in different small plastic containers containing petrol, kerosene and diesel. The corrosion rate of each sample for a specific period of immersion (120, 240, 360, and 480, 600 and 720 hours) was determined on average of three samples exposed under the same condition and test media in different container. The finding showed that brass is resistant to corrosion after long hours of contact in chosen liquid fossil fuels. Brass has the highest corrosion rate in petrol, followed by kerosene and least in diesel. The photomicrographs of the samples after ten days of immersion also confirmed this.

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Adetunji, O. , Aiyedun, P. , Kuye, S. and Lateef, D. (2014) Evaluation of the Influence of Fossil Fuel on Corrosion Resistance of Brass. Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, 2, 176-181. doi: 10.4236/jmmce.2014.23022.

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