Rx—Treated Lumber & Metal + Corrosion Ailments

by Ronald F. Zollo, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Univ. of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.,
Edwin F. Heyer, (F.ASCE), Pres.; Brill/Heyer Assoc., Engrs., Planners, Inc., Coral Gables, Fla.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 8, Pg. 56-57

Document Type: Feature article


The use of metal elements in contact with fire-treated lumber requires special precautions. It is a problem that has not received much attention in the literature directed to the design and construction industry. The corrosion of nailers is an example of the problem and illustrates how the combination of moisture and oxygen as well as the quality of the electrolyte affects the rate of corrosion.

Subject Headings: Wood | Metals (chemical) | Corrosion | Fires | Construction industry | Moisture | Oxygen

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