Effect of Sr Addition to a Modified AA3003 on Microstructural and Corrosion Properties

Donovan Verkens*, Reynier I. Revilla, Richard Huizenga, Kristof Marcoen, Mert Günyüz, Cemil Işiksaçan, Herman Terryn, Iris De Graeve

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Sr is known to transform the morphology of the eutectic silicon phase as well as the Fe-rich β phase in Al-Si alloys, improving their mechanical properties. However, little is known about the effect Sr has on the (local) corrosion properties of aluminium alloys. This study investigates the effect of Sr addition to a modified AA3003 heat exchanger material on the morphology of the different phases present, especially the Fe-rich phases, as well as on the (local) corrosion properties of this material. This work reports the formation of a Sr-rich phase, which slightly increases the macrohardness of the material. The Fe-rich phases are not shown to be refined/influenced by the addition of Sr Potentiodynamic polarization experiments showed an increase in pitting potential by increasing the amount of Sr in the material up to 0.4 wt.%. Nevertheless, the analysis of the corrosion morphology revealed that the Sr-containing particles did not contribute to the corrosion process despite their cathodic behaviour compared to the Al matrix as measured by Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy. This behaviour was attributed to the thicker oxide layer found on the Sr-rich particles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number021506
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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