• Influence of Cl, Br, NO$^{−}_{3}$ and SO$^{2−}_{4}$ ions on the corrosion behaviour of 6061 Al alloy

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      Alloys; corrosion test; scanning electron microscopy (SEM); electrochemical properties.

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      The effects of anions like Cl, Br, NO$^{–}_{3}$ and SO$^{2-}_{4}$ on the anodic dissolution of the monolithic Al 6061 alloy have been investigated at neutral pH through immersion testing and electrochemical techniques like potentiodynamic polarization and a.c. impedance spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to characterize the corroded surface and to observe the extent of pitting in different media. From the evaluated corrosion parameters it was found that the dissolution of the matrix was extensively reduced in presence of aqueous solutions containing Br, NO$^{–}_{3}$ and SO$^{2-}_{4}$ ions while Cl ions aggravated corrosion by penetrating into the barrier oxide film on the surface of the material. Pronounced effect of pitting was observed in presence of Cl and the level of pitting in NO$^{–}_{3}$ and Br were mild. In presence of SO$^{2-}_{4}$ ions passivity was extended over a wide potential range and breakdown of passivity occurs when the material was polarized beyond pitting potential. The departure of capacitive behaviour towards resistive behaviour was clearly observed through impedance measurements when investigations were conducted in Cl media and in presence of the other electrolytes. Corrosion rates were, however, controlled during prolonged exposure in the electrolytic media, specially in case of chloride media, due to the predominance of film repair kinetics.

    • Author Affiliations


      J Datta1 C Bhattacharya1 S Bandyopadhyay2

      1. Department of Chemistry, B.E. College (D.U.), Howrah 711 103, India
      2. School of Materials Science & Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
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