The effect of chloride concentration, pH and dissolved oxygen on the repassivation behaviour of 6082-T6 Al alloy, was investigated using single-cycle anodic polarization. Pitting taking the place of intergranular attack was obtained with increasing Cl- concentration and solution pH, as well as under continuous bubbling of O-2. An inflection in the reverse curve at the pit transition potential E-ptp shows correlation with pit bottom repassivation, leading to concentration gradients for mass transport and promoting further pit nucleation. The close relation between E-pit and E-ptp was confirmed, though the latter is likely characteristic of the acidified pit-like solution in contact with a freshly created new surface. The associated current density i(ptp) is determined by the rate at which hydrolysis equilibrium is reached at a critical concentration of Al3+. The transition onset during repassivation was more marked for conditions favouring formation at the pit bottom of a solid layer, though poorly protective due to aluminium oxychloride intermediates. The steepness of potential decrease after the transition, related to a periodic active/passive sequence, is determined by Al dissolution controlled by proton reduction.

Effect of chloride concentration, pH and dissolved oxygen, on the repassivation of 6082-T6 Al alloy / D. Cicolin, M. Trueba, S. Trasatti. - In: ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA. - ISSN 0013-4686. - 124:special issue(2014), pp. 27-35. ((Intervento presentato al 10. convegno International Symposium on Electrochemical Methods in Corrosion Research (EMCR) tenutosi a Maragogi nel 2012 [10.1016/j.electacta.2013.09.003].

Effect of chloride concentration, pH and dissolved oxygen, on the repassivation of 6082-T6 Al alloy

M. Trueba
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S. Trasatti
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2014

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The effect of chloride concentration, pH and dissolved oxygen on the repassivation behaviour of 6082-T6 Al alloy, was investigated using single-cycle anodic polarization. Pitting taking the place of intergranular attack was obtained with increasing Cl- concentration and solution pH, as well as under continuous bubbling of O-2. An inflection in the reverse curve at the pit transition potential E-ptp shows correlation with pit bottom repassivation, leading to concentration gradients for mass transport and promoting further pit nucleation. The close relation between E-pit and E-ptp was confirmed, though the latter is likely characteristic of the acidified pit-like solution in contact with a freshly created new surface. The associated current density i(ptp) is determined by the rate at which hydrolysis equilibrium is reached at a critical concentration of Al3+. The transition onset during repassivation was more marked for conditions favouring formation at the pit bottom of a solid layer, though poorly protective due to aluminium oxychloride intermediates. The steepness of potential decrease after the transition, related to a periodic active/passive sequence, is determined by Al dissolution controlled by proton reduction.
Al alloys; Pit transition potential; Repassivation kinetics
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