Influence of sealing post-treatments on the corrosion resistance of PEO coated AZ91 magnesium alloy

Beatriz Mingo, R Arrabal, M. Mohedano, Y Llamazares, E. Matykina, Aleksey Yerokhin, A Pardo

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    The effect of three different post-treatments carried out on Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) coated magnesium alloys are evaluated in terms of characterisation and corrosion resistance. Special interest is given to the role of a common additive (NaF) to the coating properties. The post–treatments are based on immersion sealing processes in aqueous solutions of inorganic salts (cerium and stannate based salts) and alcoholic solution of an organic acid (octodecylphosphate acid, ODP). Sealing mechanisms for each post-treatment are proposed. Cerium and stannate sealings are based on filling of the pores with the products of dissolution/precipitation reactions, while the ODP acid sealing is based on the formation of a thin layer of ODP over the coating through specific interactions between the polar part of the organic acid and the coating surface. All coatings are evaluated by salt fog test and analysed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. All sealings show a slight increase in the corrosion resistance of the coatings formed in the NaF-free electrolyte, but their positive influence is boosted in case of the coatings obtained in the NaF-containing electrolyte. This is related to the chemical and morphological changes at the coating surface induced by the presence of NaF in the electrolyte.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalApplied Surface Science
    Early online date13 Oct 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • PEO
    • Magnesium
    • Corrosion
    • Coatings
    • Sealing
    • Contact angle


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