Electrochemical characterization of intermetallic phases common to aluminum alloys as a function of solution temperature

M. K. Cavanaugh, J. C. Li, N. Birbilis, R. G. Buchheit

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Abstract

A practically important scenario in the corrosion of aluminum (Al) alloys is the variation in damage characteristics, i.e. mode, rate and morphology, as function of environmental temperature. In order to address this problem from a mechanistic point of view, this paper presents results for corrosion potentials, pitting potentials and electrochemical characteristics for intermetallic particles commonly present in high strength aluminum alloys, for tests conducted in 0.1M NaCl of varying temperature. Tests were conducted between 0 and 60°C via the use of a micro-capillary electrochemical cell. The intermetallics investigated were Mg2Si, MgZn2, Al7Cu2Fe, Al2Cu, Al2CuMg and Al3Fe. Analysis of the results reveals that the electrochemical behavior of such compounds is heavily dependent on temperature, with ramifications for localized corrosion (and protection) in Al alloys. Examples of this are shown for AA7075-T651.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)C535-C543
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Volume161
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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