Friday, May 20, 2011

Introduction - To Hot Dip Galvanizing

Hot Dip Galvanizing

The galvanizing process has existed for more than 250 years and has been a mainstay of North American industry since the 1890s. Galvanizing is used throughout various markets to provide steel with unmatched protection from the ravages of corrosion. A wide range of steel products ­from nails to highway guardrail to the Brooklyn Bridge's suspension wires to NASA's launch pad sound-suppression system - benefit from galvanizing's superior corrosion protection properties.

The uses of hot-dip galvanized steel continue to evolve, and new markets are emerging all the time. As with all materials and coatings, there are certain practices which yield better quality finished products. In order to meet the expectations and demands of many different markets, it is important to be cognizant of these best design practices for steel to be galvanized. Often no or only minor adjustments to the design are necessary, and worth the extra time and/or effort up front to alleviate certain future headaches related to the utilization of other coating systems.