Corrosion of dissimilar alloys: Electrochemical noise

M. Curioni, R. A. Cottis, M. Di Natale, G. E. Thompson

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    A new approach for interpreting the electrochemical noise generated by freely corroding electrodes is presented. For a single electrode, with well-defined anodic and cathodic regions, it is proposed that the instantaneous values of the corrosion current and open circuit potential are functions of the time-invariant potential difference between the anodic and cathodic reactions and the time-dependent impedances associated with the anodic and cathodic reactions. The fluctuations in the values of anodic and cathodic impedances are determined by the interaction between the aggressive environment and the oxide, hydroxide or adsorbed surface layer covering the anodic and cathodic regions; the instantaneous values of impedances modulate the corrosion current. The mathematical implications of these assumptions are discussed and the results are compared with the traditional approach, based on time-dependent current sources acting on constant impedances. Subsequently, the findings for a single electrode are transferred to two dissimilar electrodes and an experimental technique that enables the estimation of the time evolution of anodic and cathodic resistances for each of the dissimilar electrodes is presented. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6318-6329
    Number of pages11
    JournalElectrochimica Acta
    Issue number18
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2011


    • Aluminium alloys
    • Corrosion
    • Electrochemical noise
    • Galvanic coupling
    • Light alloys


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