This study investigated the corrosion behavior of the corrosion-resistant films steam coated on AZCa612 magnesium alloy. The film samples were corroded by immersing them in 5 wt% NaCl aqueous solution for a predetermined time. The corroded films were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, glancing angle X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, potentiodynamic polarization measurements, hydrogen generation measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The amount of Mg Al CO3 layered double hydroxides (LDHs) in the film slightly decreased from the beginning of immersion to 120 h after immersion and gradually increased thereafter. Mg Al Cl LDHs were formed after 6 h of immersion and rapidly grew as the immersion progressed. In addition, even with the gradual decrease in the corrosion resistance of the film, there was no major damage observed on the substrates. These results indicate that the corrosion protection mechanism varied with the immersion time. The corrosion-resistant property under a short immersion time could be attributed to the high corrosion resistance of Mg(OH)2 and AlO(OH), whereas it is attributed to the coverage provided by the Mg Al Cl and Mg Al CO3 LDHs under a longer immersion duration.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry