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Materials (Basel). 2018 Oct 15;11(10). pii: E1982. doi: 10.3390/ma11101982.

Investigation of Zirconium Effect on the Corrosion Resistance of Aluminum Alloy Using Electrochemical Methods and Numerical Simulation in an Acidified Synthetic Sea Salt Solution.

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School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, 2066, Seobu-Ro, Jangan-Gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-Do 16419, Korea. skybyego@gmail.com.
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Department of Energy Science, Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, Institute for Basic Science, Sungkyunkwan University, 2066, Seobu-Ro, Jangan-Gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-Do 16419, Korea. parkjg84@skku.edu.
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School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, 2066, Seobu-Ro, Jangan-Gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-Do 16419, Korea. absabs22@skku.edu.
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Department of Energy Science, Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, Institute for Basic Science, Sungkyunkwan University, 2066, Seobu-Ro, Jangan-Gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-Do 16419, Korea. leeyoung@skku.edu.
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School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, 2066, Seobu-Ro, Jangan-Gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-Do 16419, Korea. cwyang@skku.edu.
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School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, 2066, Seobu-Ro, Jangan-Gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-Do 16419, Korea. kimjg@skku.edu.

Abstract

Corrosion resistance of Zr that has been added to an Al alloy (U1070) is higher than that of a commercial Al alloy (A1070). A decreasing number and size of Al₃Fe intermetallic particles (IMPs) were observed by electron microprobe analysis and transmission electron microscopy. Based on the numerical corrosion simulation, it was confirmed that decreasing the number and size of IMPs was favorable for improving the corrosion resistance of the Al alloy due to the reduction of the galvanic effect. In addition, Al₃Zr was found to be insignificant in promoting galvanic corrosion within the Al matrix. Thus, Zr is an advantageous alloying element for improving the corrosion resistance of the Al alloy.

KEYWORDS:

aluminum alloy; corrosion; intermetallic compound; transmission electron microscopy; zirconium

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