Azza A. Al-Ghamdi

Azza A. Al-Ghamdi

King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Corrosion Behavior of Some Metals in the Aqueous Extract of Red Oak Wood

Abstract:

The corrosion behavior of three metals (C-steel, Al-alloy, and Pure-Cu) in the red oak wood extract (ROWE) had been studied using weight loss (expressed as thickness loss), potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Visual and microscopic inspection of the corrosion systems was done using optical photography and SEM techniques. The results revealed that the thickness loss data fit well the kinetic power law relation ( ( ). Depending on both values of thickness loss of one year and the instantaneous corrosion rate, the studied metals gave the following order of corrosion: C-steel >Al-alloy>Pure-Cu. Good correlation between this order and the color and clarity of the metal/ROWE corrosion systems was obtained, where C-steel/ROWE showed the highest change in color and turbidity through the corrosion duration. Pure-Cu gave the lowest value for corrosion rate with exponent n < 0.5 indicating good protective properties for the corrosion product layer which showed a compact structure with no detection for microbial activity. Open structure corrosion layer (n>0.5) with microbial activity was observed for both C-steel and Al-alloy, which distributed generally on the surface of the former while locally on the surface of the latter. Various electrochemical parameters were estimated and discussed. Finally, good agreement between the results obtained from various techniques confirming that C-steel gives the highest corrosion rate while the lowest corrosion rate was recorded for Pure-Cu.