Using single transients on the performance analysis of electrochemical noise amplifiers

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  • M. Bierwirth

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    1. Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research, Max-Planck-Strasse 2, D-37191 Katlenburg-Lindau (Germany)
    • Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research, Max-Planck-Strasse 2, D-37191 Katlenburg-Lindau (Germany)
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Abstract

The acquisition of electrochemical noise is always connected with the question of appropriate measuring devices. The noise measurement system shall allow to process the apparent fluctuations in an electrochemical cell in the low millivolt or microampere range and to record them without any changes. The measurement amplifier is an essential part of the measurement system, but its behavior in the chain of signal processing is difficult to define by a corrosion expert. The present article shows possibilities for the determination of the performance of a noise measurement amplifier. A dummy cell model is often used to get a realistic approach to the sources of electrochemical noise. This article introduces a model describing the generation of single transients from the basic electrochemical corrosion reactions. The model determines fluctuations in the potential which can be measured as voltage fluctuations on a real dummy cell circuit. With the help of a special arbitrary signal generator, artificial noise transients based on this description are applied to a commercial noise measurement system. The acquired signals are compared with the original signals from the signal source and the influences of the noise amplifier on the signals are discussed.

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