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Galvanic Corrosion Chart
All dissimilar materials have the potential to react with each other when they are brought together in the presence of a catalyst. In most circumstances this reaction is so mild as to be of no importance, but when the wrong materials are used in combination and then exposed to an electrolyte such as water the effects can become much more noticeable. For applications where humidity is low then you can generally ignore galvanic corrosion. If on the other hand you are working on a project for use in damp conditions or outside then it is best to pay some regard to the possible effects of galvanic corrosion.

As a rule it is best to use metals which are as close together as possible in the table below. Doing this will help to eliminate any possibility of galvanic corrosion. If you do have to mix materials then take a look at the galvanic compatibility section.

Active (Anodic) Most Likely To Corrode
Magnesium alloys
Zinc (hot-dip, die cast, or plated)
Aluminium 1100, 3003, 3004, 5052, 6053
Tin (plated)
Steel 1010
Iron (cast)
Stainless steel 410 (active)
Copper (plated, cast, or wrought)
Nickel (plated)
Chromium (Plated)
Stainless steel 301,304,310 (active)
Stainless steel 430 (active)
Nickel-silver (18% Ni)
Stainless steel 316L (active)
Bronze 220
Copper 110
Red Brass
Stainless steel 347 (active)
Copper-nickel 715
 Admiralty brass
Stainless steel 202 (active)
Bronze, Phosphor 
Monel 400
Stainless steel 201 (active)
Stainless steel 321 (active)
Stainless steel 316 (active)
Stainless steel 309 (active)
Stainless steel 17-7PH (passive)
Silicone Bronze 655
Stainless steel 301,304,321 (passive)
Stainless steel 201,286 (passive)
Stainless steel 316L (passive)
Stainless steel 202 (passive)
Noble (Cathodic) Least Likely To Corrode
Galvanic Compatibility

Often when design requires that dissimilar metals come in contact, the galvanic compatibility is managed by finishes and plating. The finishing and plating selected facilitate the dissimilar materials being in contact and protect the base materials from corrosion.

  • For harsh environments, such as outdoors, high humidity, and salt environments fall into this category. Typically there should be not more than 0.15 V difference in the "Anodic Index". For example; silver - nickel would have a difference of 0.15V being acceptable.
  • For normal environments, such as storage in warehouses or non-temperature and humidity controlled environments. Typically there should not be more than 0.25 V difference in the "Anodic Index".
  • For controlled environments, such that are temperature and humidity controlled, 0.50 V can be tolerated. Caution should be maintained when deciding for this application as humidity and temperature do vary from regions.
Anodic Index
Index (Volts)
Silver, solid or plated; monel metal. High nickel-copper alloys
Nickel, solid or plated, titanium an s alloys, Monel
Copper, solid or plated; low brasses or bronzes; silver solder; German silvery high copper-nickel alloys; nickel-chromium alloys
Brass and bronzes
High brasses and bronzes
18% chromium type corrosion-resistant steels
Chromium plated; tin plated; 12% chromium type corrosion-resistant steels
Tin-plate; tin-lead solder
Lead, solid or plated; high lead alloys
Aluminum, wrought alloys of the 2000 Series
Iron, wrought, gray or malleable, plain carbon and low alloy steels
Aluminum, wrought alloys other than 2000 Series aluminum, cast alloys of the silicon type
Aluminum, cast alloys other than silicon type, cadmium, plated and chromate
Hot-dip-zinc plate; galvanized steel
Zinc, wrought; zinc-base die-casting alloys; zinc plated
Magnesium & magnesium-base alloys, cast or wrought
Please Note: Galvanic corrosion is a complex problem with many variables which are difficult to predict. The information above is provided for guidance only - and is only a short summary of the issues involved. Zygology Ltd can take no responsibility for application failure resulting from errors or omissions in the data provided.
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