Stanislas Sorel and the origins of cold galvanising

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The French inventor Stanislas Sorel is well known for his invention of a commercially viable process to protect iron from corrosion using hot dip galvanising. It is less well known that Sorel also developed a process of cold galvanising. This paper traces the origins, manufacture and marketing of Sorel’s ‘peinture galvanique.’ Sorel’s metallic zinc paint allowed, for the first time, corrosion protection of large structures such as bridges and iron building components that could not be hot dip galvanised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-120
Number of pages6
JournalTransactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2021


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