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Influence of anodizing surface treatment on the aging behavior in salt-fog environment of aluminum alloy 5083 to fiber reinforced composites adhesive joints

  • Authors: Di Franco F.; Fiore V.; Miranda R.; Badagliacco D.; Santamaria M.; Valenza A.
  • Publication year: 2023
  • Type: Articolo in rivista
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The present work aims to evaluate how an innovative and eco-friendly anodizing process with tartaric-sulfuric acid (TSA) bath and a pore widening in an aqueous solution of NaOH 0.1 M can improve the durability in marine environment of co-cured adhesive joints between an aluminum alloy (AA 5083) and fiber (i.e., glass or basalt)-reinforced composite substrates. The aging was carried out by exposing samples to salt-fog spray conditions (5 wt.% NaCl) for 30, 60 and 90 days in a climate chamber, in accordance with ASTM B117. In order to get further insights on the aging behaviour of bonded joints, neat matrix was also exposed to the same environment for 60 days. Quasi-static mechanical tests and morphological analysis through SEM microscope coupled with EDX analyser were carried out to deeper understand how the fracture surfaces change during aging and how this affected the mechanical performances of joints.