Assessing The Direct Economic Impact Of Vehicular Corrosion

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ABSTRACT This research was conducted to document the direct economic impact of vehicular corrosion. The study was carried out in Suame, a suburb of the Kumasi Metropolis in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Commercial vans and saloon taxis were targeted for the study in twelve corrosion auto mechanic shops. Data was accumulated through a wellorganized semi-structured interviewing checklist given to masters of the work shop and the drivers of the vehicles interviewed. A total of sixty cases were recorded and analyzed using the statistical package for social scientist (SPSS) over a period of six months, with results presented in bar charts. The study revealed that the average direct cost of corrosion repairs was between GH₵100 - GH₵200 per each repair visit to the workshop. The most affected part of the vehicle was the running board, recording about 28.33%. Furthermore the most dominant form of corrosion was filiform corrosion which normally occurs under protective cover. The study further revealed that the major cause of corrosion was due to the maintenance culture of the vehicle owners.
A thesis submitted to the Department Of Materials Engineering College of Engineering In partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (MPHIL) DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT