Electrochemical behaviour of ternary Ni-Zn-P thin films deposition on steel substrate

Virgil, constantin

Abstract

Ternary Ni-Zn-P alloy thin films with a thickness of 15-20 μm are considered as a replacement for cadmium sacrificial coatings for anticorrosive protection of steel parts working in highly corrosive media. Anticorrosive Ni-Zn-P thin films has been electrochemically deposited from aqueous sulphate solutions on carbon steel substrate. The influence of bath composition (variable ZnSO4·7H2O contents) and electrodeposition type (potentiostatic or galvanostatic) on physical-chemical and corrosion characteristics of obtained films have been studied. Films are characterized by energy dispersive analysis (EDAX) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The corrosion tests are performed in 3% NaCl solution with optimal resulting values of -916.2 mV vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE) for the corrosion potential and 13.4 μA·cm-2 for the corrosion current density. The calculated value for the corrosive attack protection efficiency is 67.7%.

Keyword(s)

Corrosion; Thin films; Ni-Zn-P; Electrodeposition; Sulphate; Corrosion test

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