Thin film compositional analogs of the intermetallic compound η, Mg(Zn,xCu)2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 35 atom %), found in high strength Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys were fabricated using a flash evaporation technique for characterization of electrochemical behavior and for chromate conversion coating formation experiments. In potentiodynamic polarization measurements in deaerated 0.1 M NaCl, the open-circuit and breakdown potentials increased and dissolution rates decreased with increasing Cu content of the analogs. When the analogs were chromate conversion coated from a ferricyanide-accelerated coating bath, Raman spectra showed that coating thicknesses decreased with increasing Cu content. Other coating formation experiments showed that ferricyanide additions to the coating bath acted as a coating formation accelerator for MgZn 2. However, coating formation was so strongly inhibited for the Cu-bearing analogs, that the effect ferricyanide on coating formation was indiscernible.
|Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters
|Published - 2005
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