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Cathodic protection (CP) is a technique to control the corrosion of a metal surface by making it work as a cathode of an electrochemical cell.

How done[]

This is achieved by placing in contact with the metal to be protected another more easily cororded metal to act as the anode of the electrochemical cell.

Uses[]

Cathodic protection systems are most commonly used to protect steel, water/fuel pipelines and storage tanks; steel pier piles, ships, offshore oil platforms and onshore oil well casings.

In elctrical generating stations using condensers in steam turbine exhaust, a similar system is used to protect tube ends in water boxes.

Other uses[]

Cathodic protection can be, in some cases, an effective method of preventing stress corrosion cracking.

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