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The corrosion and tribocorrosion resistance of PEO composite coatings containing α-Al2O3 particles on 7075 Al alloy

  • Authors: Ghafaripoor, Masoud; Raeissi, Keyvan; Santamaria, Monica*; Hakimizad, Amin
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Key words: Corrosion; EIS; PEO coatings; Potentiodynamic polarization; Tribocorrosion; α-Al2O3 particles; Chemistry (all); Condensed Matter Physics; Surfaces and Interfaces; Surfaces, Coatings and Films; Materials Chemistry2506 Metals and Alloys
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Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of 7075 Al alloy was carried out in silicate base electrolyte containing 200 nm diameter α-Al2O3 particles for producing composite coatings. The process was performed under a soft-sparking regime using a pulsed bipolar signal with several concentrations of α-Al2O3 particles. It was found that the incorporation of α-Al2O3 particles into the coating did not significantly alter the thickness and roughness of the coating. However, the α-Al2O3 particles were detected on surface of the composite coatings. Corrosion tests showed significant improvement in corrosion performance of the composite coatings due to the efficient pore blocking provided by α-Al2O3 particles, which enhances the barrier performance of both inner and outer layers of the coatings. However, the long-term EIS measurements showed that the performance of composite coatings becomes close to that of particle-free coating after 56 days of immersion in chloride containing solution. Tribocorrosion tests showed that adding 3 g·l−1 of α-Al2O3 particles to the electrolyte bath decreased the lost wear volume of the resulted coating from 30 to 10 mm3 (×10−3). Higher α-Al2O3 particles concentration (i.e. 7 g·l−1) showed detrimental effect on both corrosion and tribocorrosion performance of the coating.