Influence of post-treatment time of trivalent chromium protection coating on aluminium alloy 2024-T3 on improved corrosion resistance

Francesco Di Franco, Antoine Seyeux, Philippe Marcus, Jolanta Światowska, Dimitri Mercier, Alexandre Romaine, Philippe Marcus, Jiantao Qi, Francesco Di Franco, Anca-Iulia Stoica, Sandrine Zanna

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Low corrosion protection performances of Trivalent Chromium Process (TCP)coatings with reference to Chromium Conversion Coatings (CCC)deposited on aluminium alloys can be overcome by application of post-treatment processes. This work shows the effect of post-treatment bath (containing hydrogen peroxide and lanthanum salt)on the chemical composition, structure and the corrosion performances of TCP coating deposited on AA 2024-T3 aluminium alloy. Different times of post-treatment bath were applied on the TCP coating and the samples were analyzed by Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)and Glow Discharge-Optical Emission Spectrometry (GD-OES). The ToF-SIMS and GD-OES depth profiles show that the post-treatment time has no influence on the thickness of the TCP coating and on its bi-layered structure. It is composed of an outer layer, rich in zirconium and chromium oxides and an inner layer rich in aluminium oxides and oxy-fluorides. 3D ToF-SIMS images reveal an enrichment of Cr and Zr-like species over the surface of intermetallic particles with reference to alloy matrix, whereas a homogenous distribution of La is observed. The analysis of in-depth distribution shows that La is present principally in the outer part of the TCP coating. The La concentration increases with increasing post-treatment time. The effect of post-treatment time on protection was evaluated by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)and Linear Sweep Voltammetry (LSV)in a 0.001 M NaCl + 0.1 M Na 2 SO 4 electrolyte. The increased post-treatment time enhances the cathodic inhibition against oxygen reduction. The post-treatment provides improved coating homogeneity and sealing properties.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)186-197
Numero di pagine12
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019

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