Materials within geothermal environments, SR393 
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- BRANZ Limited
- Zhengwei Li, Nick Marston and Kathryn Stoke
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- Study report
This study summarises the results derived from BRANZ short-term field exposure testing in Rotorua - a population centre with known geothermal influences on the performance and durability of materials, buildings and infrastructure assets. It basically covers two experimental aspects - environmental monitoring and degradation analysis of several metals and timbers.
This study reveals that atmospheric corrosion of metals in geothermal environments can be very different from those in other New Zealand environments, such as marine, industrial and rural. These are shown as extremely high corrosion rates and unusual degradation kinetics. These behaviours are challenging environmental corrosivity classification using model metals according to ISO 9223:2012 Corrosion of metals and alloys - Corrosivity of atmospheres - Classification, determination and estimation and service-life estimation based on short-term performance monitoring data.
This study suggests it would be necessary to perform long-term, systematic monitoring and testing of performance and durability of representative building materials and protective coating systems, particularly in areas with high concentrations of geothermal sulphur-containing species. Data, information and knowledge derived will benefit the building and construction industry and strongly support its safe practice in geothermal environments.