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Corrosion current

Current is the movement of charge per time and usually electrons are the charge carriers.  The corrosion current is the current flowing inside a corroding system and thus it is the current responsible for the corrosion.

For example, if an iron surface is corroding due to an oxidation by oxygen and the oxygen is reduced to hydroxide, the electrons flowing from the iron to the oxygen are the corrosion current.

With the corrosion current the corrosion rate can be determined. The corrosion current can be extracted from a polarization curve via a Tafel analysis. All these terms are described in more detail in the corresponding articles.

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