The impact of the pH on the corrosion of microporous nickel-chromium coatings has been explored at localised scale by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy and validated by potentiodynamic polarisation measurements. Results not only reveal the correlation between both techniques but also enables to identify the different corrosion rate after increasing the electrolyte aggressiveness varying the pH. However, independently of the pH, a similar corrosion mechanism was determined: the cross-section micrographs (by Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscope) have revealed an isotropic growth of the actives sites at early-stage corrosion as well as the attack of different nickel layers during the corrosion propagation.
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