Time-lapse lab-based X-ray nano-CT study of corrosion damage

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    An experimental protocol (workflow) has been developed for time-lapse x-ray nano-tomography (nano-CT) imaging of environmentally-driven morphological changes to materials. Two case studies are presented. Firstly, the leaching of nanoparticle corrosion inhibitor pigment from a polymer coating was followed over 14 days, while in the second case the corrosion damage to an AA2099 aluminium alloy was imaged over 12 hours. The protocol includes several novel aspects relevant to nano-CT with the use of a combination of x-ray absorption and phase contrast data to provide enhanced morphological and composition information, and hence reveal the best information to provide new insights into the changes of different phases over time. For the pigmented polymer coating containing nominally strontium aluminium polyphosphate, the strontium-rich components within the materials are observed to leach extensively while the aluminium-rich components are more resistant to dissolution. In the case of AA2099 it is found that the initial grain boundary corrosion is driven by the presence of copper-rich phases and is then followed by the corrosion of grains of specific orientation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)98-106
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Microscopy
    Issue number1
    Early online date17 Apr 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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