Cu-10Ni alloy has an outstanding resistance to corrosion in seawater due to formation of protective Cu2O film. However, in presence of S2− ions, it suffers accelerated corrosion. The present paper investigates the corrosion behaviour of Cu-10Ni, Cu-10Ni-6Zn and Cu-10Ni-12Zn alloys using weight loss, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and potentiodynamic polarisation technique. The experiments were performed in clean seawater and sulphide contaminated seawater. The Cu-10Ni-6Zn and Cu-10Ni-12Zn alloys were found to exhibit lower corrosion rate than Cu-10Ni alloy in clean and sulphide contaminated seawater. Lower corrosion rate of Zn containing alloys in clean seawater is attributed to the incorporation of Zn2+ ions in Cu2O lattice. Lower corrosion rate of Zn containing alloys sulphide contaminated seawater is attributed to formation of ZnS in the film.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Metals and Alloys
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering