Accession Number : ADA116750

Title :   Aluminum Corrosion: Correlations of Corrosion Rate with Surface Coverage and Tunneling Spectra of Organic Inhibitors.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA BARBARA QUANTUM INST

Personal Author(s) : Shu,Q Q ; Love,P J ; Bayman,A ; Hansma,P K

PDF Url : ADA116750

Report Date : Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : Thin films of evaporated aluminum form a convenient model system for studying corrosion and corrosion inhibition on aluminum because 1) corrosion can be conveniently and continuously monitored by both electrical resistance measurements and optical transmission, 2) surface coverage of inhibitor species can be measured by either radiotracer techniques or tunneling spectroscopy and 3) the nature of surface adsorbed species can be determined with tunneling spectroscopy. The corrosion rate for these films is of order 20 micrometer/yr in pure water at flow rates of order 20 cm/sec. The corrosion is inhibited by roughly one order of magnitude by monolayer surface coverages of the surface species that result when acetic acid, benzoic acid, cupferron or ethylene glycol are added to the water. At surface coverages of order 1/100 of a monolayer, the corrosion rate is increased by roughly an order of magnitude for the first three additives but not for ethylene glycol. From the previous studies of tunneling spectra, it is clear that the acetic and benzoic acids lose a proton to become benzoate and acetate ions of the surface. The ethylene glycol loses the protons from both of its OH groups during bonding. The spectrum of the adsorbed cupferron species is presented but not analyzed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Aluminum, *Corrosion inhibition, *Corrosion, Rates, Monitoring, Electrical resistance, Light transmission, Surfaces, Area coverage, Tracer studies, Tunneling(Electronics), Spectroscopy, Acetic acid, Benzoic acids, Ethylene glycol, Amines, Films

Subject Categories : Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
      Properties of Metals and Alloys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE