A complementary electrochemical approach for time-resolved evaluation of corrosion inhibitor performance

M. Meeusen*, L. Zardet, A. M. Homborg, M. Lekka, F. Andreatta, L. Fedrizzi, B. Boelen, H. Terryn, J. M.C. Mol

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    In this paper, different macroscopic electrochemical techniques are applied to study the corrosion inhibitor efficiency, protection mechanism and stability of a calcium aluminum polyphosphate silicate hydrate inhibitor on hot-dip galvanized steel in the time-domain. Potentiodynamic polarization (PP) measurements are applied to study the anodic and cathodic mechanistic behavior as well as inhibitor efficiencies at discrete and single times of exposure. Open circuit potential (OCP) with superimposed linear polarization resistance (LPR) measurements are applied as a faster, non-invasive alternative to PP, characterizing the overall performance of the system in terms of the polarization resistance. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements are applied to detail both the overall performance of the system as well as the corrosion inhibition mechanism related to the electrochemical system’s physicochemical representation over time. Electrochemical noise (EN) measurement are used to evaluate the inhibition efficiency as a function of exposure time, represented by the electrochemical noise resistance. Odd random phase electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (ORP-EIS) is selected as the electrochemical tool to study the system’s instability, by evaluation of the non-linearities and non-stationarities over time. The non-stationarities present in the inhibitor-containing electrochemical system are shown to cause the overall instability of the system and should be taken into account when interpreting results from the different techniques over time.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)C3220-C3232
    JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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