Copper removal during formation of corrosion resistant alkaline oxide coatings on Al-Cu-Mg alloys

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The performance of corrosion resistant inorganic oxide coatings formed on Al-Cu-Mg alloys is often degraded by Cu enrichment that occurs during oxide formation. This is particularly true of coating processes conducted in basic solutions. A modification to an alkaline oxide coating process has been made that simultaneously eliminates Cu enrichment and forms a corrosion resistant coating. In this paper, the modified process is described and the resulting coating morphology, structure and composition are reported. Results from electrochemical and exposure corrosion tests show that useful gains in corrosion resistance are achieved. Cu removal during the modified process is rationalized using an argument based on the increase in Cu solubility that occurs in solutions with a pH greater than the solubility minimum for Cu (9.8), and the effect of Cu complexing by carbonate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-510
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Electrochemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1998

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was performed at Sandia National Laboratories sponsored by the US Department of Energy under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000. M. Martinez, W. Buttry, B. McKenzie are thanked for their assistance in sample preparation and analysis.


  • Alloy
  • Copper
  • Copper enrichment
  • Copper removal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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