The effect of major degradation acid products of ethylene glycol (EG) aqueous solutions, namely glycolic, formic, acetic, and oxalic acids, on the corrosion behavior of low carbon steel was investigated under stirring conditions at 80°C by means of well-established techniques for electrochemical, physico-chemical, and surface analyses. The electrochemical behavior of steel under polarization conditions is dominated by active dissolution of iron with Fe2+ production leading to oxide products and H+ reduction as the cathodic counterpart. No correlation was found between the corrosion current density estimated by Tafel extrapolation method and that determined by the rate of production of Fe2+ under free corrosion conditions. The latter experiments revealed that the nature and the relative proportion of carboxylic acids influence the corrosion behavior of steel. The rate of production of soluble corrosion products increases with the stability and complexation ability of the organic anion towards Fe3+, being more significant in the case of glycolic acid in excess with high chelation propensity. Conversely, formation of Fe2+ and Fe3+ oxalates on iron surface is promoted in the presence of oxalic acid due to a catalytic action on magnetite dissolution. The extent of above processes is compromised if hydrogen bonding interactions between different carboxylic acids are privileged.

Effect of major degradation products of ethylene glycol aqueous solutions on steel corrosion / M. Santambrogio, G. Perrucci, M. Trueba, S.P. Trasatti, M.P. Casaletto. - In: ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA. - ISSN 0013-4686. - 203(2016), pp. 439-450. [10.1016/j.electacta.2016.03.144]

Effect of major degradation products of ethylene glycol aqueous solutions on steel corrosion

M. Trueba
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S.P. Trasatti
Penultimo
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2016

Abstract

The effect of major degradation acid products of ethylene glycol (EG) aqueous solutions, namely glycolic, formic, acetic, and oxalic acids, on the corrosion behavior of low carbon steel was investigated under stirring conditions at 80°C by means of well-established techniques for electrochemical, physico-chemical, and surface analyses. The electrochemical behavior of steel under polarization conditions is dominated by active dissolution of iron with Fe2+ production leading to oxide products and H+ reduction as the cathodic counterpart. No correlation was found between the corrosion current density estimated by Tafel extrapolation method and that determined by the rate of production of Fe2+ under free corrosion conditions. The latter experiments revealed that the nature and the relative proportion of carboxylic acids influence the corrosion behavior of steel. The rate of production of soluble corrosion products increases with the stability and complexation ability of the organic anion towards Fe3+, being more significant in the case of glycolic acid in excess with high chelation propensity. Conversely, formation of Fe2+ and Fe3+ oxalates on iron surface is promoted in the presence of oxalic acid due to a catalytic action on magnetite dissolution. The extent of above processes is compromised if hydrogen bonding interactions between different carboxylic acids are privileged.
steel; corrosion; ethylene glycol; organic acids
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