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Sacrificial Anode Material

The galvanic series shows that magnesium heads the list as the most anodic metal and is widely separated from iron in the galvanic series. Magnesium coupled to iron provides sufficient galvanic potential to provide positive protection. An important feature of a sacrificial anode system is that it is inherently a safer system than impressed cathodic protection systems because the normal potentials generated are insufficient to damage coatings present on the surface to be protected. Because of the low potentials generated, sacrificial systems can be used only in low-resistance soils, i.e., with a resistivity less than 3000 W cm.