Corrosion pathways in aluminium alloys

U. DONATUS, G. E. THOMPSON, J. A. OMOTOYINBO, K. K. ALANEME, S. ARIBO, O. G. AGBABIAKA

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    Abstract

    The corrosion pathways in AA2024-T3, AA5083-O and AA6082-T6 alloys have been investigated. The objective of the investigation is to further the understanding of the complex localised corrosion mechanism in aluminium alloys. The investigation was carried out by examining the corroded surfaces of the alloys after potentiodynamic polarization tests in a 3.5% NaCl solution with the aid of a scanning electron microscope, and by analysing the flow of anolyte solution using the scanning vibrating electrode technique. The results revealed that the overall corrosion pathways in the alloys are distinctively different and are influenced by the flow of anolyte solution. Also revealed, was the fact that corrosion propagates in two ways (particularly in the AA5083-O and AA6082-T6 alloys): an overall pathway in the corrosion front (filiform-like pathway in the AA5083 alloy and organized linear pathways in AA6082 alloy); and the crystallographic channelling along the 〈100〉 directions. These are dependent on the grain distinct features of the AA5083-O and AA6082-T6 alloys and are not influenced by the presence of coarse second phase particles in these alloys, compared with the AA2024-T3 alloy, where the corrosion pathways are more dependent on the presence of second phase particles and grain boundary character.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)55-62
    Number of pages8
    JournalTransactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China (English Edition)
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    Early online date28 Jan 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • aluminium alloy
    • anolyte flow
    • corrosion front pathway
    • crystallographic channelling

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