Corrosion Resistance of AZ91 Magnesium Alloy with Pulse Electrodeposited Ni-SiC Nanocomposite Coating

Authors M. Hajiali Fini, A. Amadeh
Affiliations School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Issue Volume 4, Year 2012, Number 1
Dates Received 10 October 2011; published online 14 March 2012
Citation M. Hajiali Fini, A. Amadeh, J. Nano-Electron. Phys. 4 No 1, 01008 (2012)
PACS Number(s) 1.07.Bc
Keywords Nanocomposite coating, Pulse electrodeposition, SiC (28) , Corrosion resistance (2) , Microhardness (2) .
Annotation Magnesium and its alloys are the lightest of the structural metals, which makes them one of the most promising materials to minimize vehicle weight, but poor surface properties restrict the application of these alloys. In this paper, Ni-SiC nanocomposite coatings were applied on AZ91 magnesium alloy from Watts bath containing different amounts of SiC content by pulse electrodeposition technique. The morphology and phase analysis were carried out by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis, respectively. Microhardness of specimens was measured and the results revealed a significant enhancement from 74 H for bare AZ91 magnesium alloy to 523 HV for the specimen coated in the bath containing 15 g.L–1 SiC. The Corrosion behavior of the samples was studied by potentiodaynamic polarization, and the obtained data showed superior corrosion resistance for coated AZ91 magnesium alloy, i.e. the corrosion current density decreased from 2.69–2, for the uncoated sample, to 0.00046–2, for coated specimen in the bath containing 15 g.L–1 SiC and the corrosion potential increased from – 2.069 V to – 0.33 V at the same conditions.

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