The corrosion of AA2037 aluminum alloy in alkaline aqueous solution studied using slow positron beam spectroscopy

Jiao Jiao Wang, Zhe Jie Zhu, Wei Yang, Yi Chu Wu, Tong Guang Zhai

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Abstract

Corrosion behavior of AA2037 T8 Al alloy in a1 M NaOH aqueous solution was investigated using slow positron beam, together with microscopy techniques and electrochemical tests. The alloy was homogenized at 510 °C for 2 h and 30 s, respectively, before final peak aging, so that one Sample A had more dispersoids than Sample B after homogenization. It was found that S parameter of the Doppler-broadened annihilation was significantly decreased near the surface in both samples in the alkaline solution. With increasing the dissolution time, Sample A showed a slower decrease rate than Sample B, which might imply that the preexistence of more dispersoids might hinder the corrosion process in Sample A. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy observations found that the surfaces of both samples were uniformly thinned due to intense chemical dissolution by the attack of OH- . With increasing the dissolution time, Sample B was corroded more substantially and produced more and larger pits in a short dissolution time than Sample A. Furthermore, polarization curves showed that Sample A had a lower corrosion current and corrosion rate than Sample B, which revealed that the presence of the dispersoids was responsible for the better corrosion resistance in the alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number30
JournalNuclear Science and Techniques
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2016

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©Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Nuclear Society, Science Press China and Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016.

Keywords

  • Aluminum alloy
  • Corrosion
  • Microstructure
  • Positron annihilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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