Rust FAQs:

Q: Is Rust an iron oxide?

A: Yes, and usually red oxide formed by the redox reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture.

Q: Is Rust permeable to air and water?

A: Yes, and therefore the interior metallic iron beneath a rust layer continues to corrode.

Q: Is Rust associated with images of faded glory?

A: Yes, and neglect, decay, and ruin.

Q: Is Rust the basis of major economic activities in a number of specialized technologies?

A: Yes.

Q: Was Rust an important factor in the Silver Bridge disaster of 1967 in West Virginia?

A: Yes, when a steel suspension bridge collapsed in less than a minute, killing 46 drivers and passengers on the bridge at the time.

Q: Is Rust distinguishable both visually and by spectroscopy?

A: Yes, and form under different circumstances.

Q: Is Rust flaky and friable?

A: Yes, and it provides no protection to the underlying iron, unlike the formation of patina on copper surfaces.

Q: Is Rust another name for iron oxide?

A: Yes, and which occurs when iron or an alloy that contains iron, like steel, is exposed to oxygen and moisture for a long period of time.

Q: Is Rust a commonly used metaphor for slow decay due to neglect?

A: Yes, since it gradually converts robust iron and steel metal into a soft crumbling powder.

Q: Is Rust associated with degradation of iron-based tools and structures?

A: Yes.