A quasi in situ method using a specially developed holder is presented to follow electrochemically induced microstructural changes on a nanometre scale using analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By following a specific specimen area after repeated exposure to oxygen bubbled through aqueous HCI of pH = 3, de-alloying of a grain-boundary precipitate of similar to 200 nm was observed by monitoring the changes in the EELS copper L-2,L-3-edge and EFTEM elemental maps. These results, supporting the existing models of de-alloying of copper rich precipitates in aluminium alloys, demonstrate the effectiveness of the quasi in situ specimen holder for analytical TEM studies of corrosion.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Corrosion Science: the journal on environmental degradation of materials and its control|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|