Corrosion Testing of Anodized Aerospace Alloys: Comparison between Immersion and Salt Spray Testing using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

B J Usman, Fabio Scenini, Michele Curioni

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Abstract

The corrosion performance provided by two anodizing treatments aiming at obtaining films with comparable thickness but different pore morphology was evaluated by immersion, salt spray, and a hybrid tests. The hybrid test was performed in cycles by alternating between immersion and salt spray tests. The corrosion progression was evaluated at selected times by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The EIS indicated that, during immersion test, the self-sealing of the pores due to the precipitation of aluminium hydroxide was favored, and it provided a substantial contribution to the improved corrosion resistance. Vice versa, during salt spray testing, the continuous flow of electrolyte promoted aluminium oxide film dissolution. The EIS study was complemented by the surface appearance and composition of specimens before and after exposure using Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. Overall, the relative performance of the anodic oxides was shown to be dependent on the exposure conditions. In fact, an anodic film with finer pores behaved better during immersion tests, whereas films with coarser pores provided better corrosion protection during salt spray testing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Early online date21 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2020

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