Electrochemical methods for corrosion testing of Ce-based coatings prepared on AA6060 alloy by the dip immersion method
AuthorsJegdic, Bore V.
Popic, Jovan P.
Bajat, Jelena B.
Miskovic-Stankovic, Vesna B.
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Dip-immersion is a simple and cost-effective method for the preparation of Ce-based conversion coatings (CeCCs), a promising alternative to toxic chromate coatings, on metal substrates. In this work, CeCCs were prepared on Al-alloy AA6060 from an aqueous solution of cerium chloride at room temperature. The effect of immersion time and post-treatment in phosphate solution on the microstructure and corrosion properties of the coatings was studied. The longer the immersion time was, the thicker but more non-homogeneous and cracked were the CeCCs. The post-treatment contributed to a sealing of the cracks, as proven by an increase in the corrosion resistance compared with the as-deposited coatings. The CeCCs prepared at longer deposition times and post-treated showed much better corrosion protection than those prepared at shorter deposition, times. A detailed electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) study was undertaken to follow the evolution of the corrosion behaviour of the CeCCs wit...h time of exposure to an aggressive chloride environment (3.5 % NaCl). For the sake of comparison, the EIS properties of bare AA6060 were also investigated. Linear voltammetry was performed to complete the study. The results confirmed the formation of protective CeCCs on the surface of AA6060. However, even CeCCs prepared at longer deposition times and post-treated provided short term protection in the aggressive environment, due to the small thickness of the coating.
Keywords:cerium / conversion coatings / aluminium alloy / EIS / linear voltammetry
Source:Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society, 2013, 78, 7, 997-1011
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