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Corrosion dependence of an Al[BOND]Mg[BOND]Si alloy under MgCl2 solution drop on initial concentration and humidity

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  • J. F. Li,

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    1. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (P. R. China)
    2. The Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Metal Materials Science and Engineering, Ministry of Education, Changsha 410083 (P. R. China)
    • School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (P. R. China).
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  • F. L. Zeng

    1. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (P. R. China)
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Abstract

The corrosion behavior of an Al–0.63Mg–0.28Si alloy under MgCl2 solution droplets with different initial concentration in environments of 33, 75, and 88% relative humidity (RH) was studied using a Kelvin probe. The available cathodic limiting current associated with oxygen reduction was highly dependent on the environment RH and initial concentration. In the 33% RH environment, metastable pitting was the main form of corrosion. In some cases at 75 and 88% RH, the potential baseline decreased slowly by hundreds of mV and remained at the lower value, indicating stable filiform-like corrosion grew. The initiation time of the stable corrosion was determined by the environment RH and initial concentration. With increasing initial concentration or decreasing environment RH, the available cathodic limiting current decreased, stable corrosion was difficult to occur. The stable corrosion could occur outside the drop and/or inside the drop, which was dependent on not only the cathodic limiting current but also the environment RH.

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