Corrosion Inhibition at Scribed Locations in Coated AA2024-T3 by Cerium- and DMTD-Loaded Natural Silica Microparticles under Continuous Immersion and Wet/Dry Cyclic Exposure

Earlier studies on cerium-loaded naturally-occurring silica microparticles (i.e. diatomaceous earth) demonstrated the potential to efficiently protect small scratches in epoxy-coated AA2024-T3 panels during relatively short immersion times. The current work investigates the potential of such inhibitor-loaded microparticles to protect wide and deep scribes (up to 1 mm wide) in long-time immersion testing and during cyclic (wet/dry) conditions. For this, cerium nitrate and 2,5-dimercaptothiadiazole (DMTD) were used as inorganic and organic corrosion inhibitors. The corrosion protection was evaluated using a hyphenated real-time optics/electrochemistry method and two individual local techniques measuring oxygen concentration and electrochemical impedance (LEIM) inside the scribe. SEM/EDS was used to analyze the samples after exposure. The results show significant levels of corrosion protection at damaged locations at low cerium concentrations (3.7 wt.% Ce3+ relative to the total coating mass) during 30 days immersion in salt solution. However, for a given scribe geometry the protection was found to be dependent on the electrolyte volume with larger electrolyte/exposed metal ratios leading to short protection time. A partial replacement of the Ce3+ by DMTD in the microcarriers resulted in a higher degree of passivation than when DMTD was used alone. Wet/dry cyclic exposure tests showed that cyclic conditions can increase the build-up of stable inhibitor-containing layers in the case of cerium-loaded silica microparticles. This underlines the need for more research using wet/dry exposure conditions.

Type: Journal Paper
Publication: Journal of Applied Materials & Interfaces
Volume 12, Pages 23417-23431.
Date: 23 April 2020