• corrosion inhibition;
  • electrochemical measurement;
  • localised corrosion;
  • the wire beam electrode

Parameters extracted from the wire beam electrode (WBE) galvanic current maps have been used in conjunction with electrochemical noise patterns to directly quantify the degree of localised corrosion inhibition provided by inhibitors and to understand the mechanism of localised corrosion inhibition. The behaviour of two traditional localised corrosion inhibitors has been assessed by their effects on the maximum anodic current density (imax), total anodic current density (itot), the number of anodic sites (Na) and the localised corrosion intensity index (LCII). Typical experiments are presented to illustrate the application of these parameters in providing useful information on the efficiency and mechanism of localised corrosion inhibition.