Effect of heat treatment conditions on the passivation behavior of WE43C Mg-Y-Nd alloy in chloride containing alkaline environments
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Mg-Y-Nd alloy (WE43C or Elektron 43) is a heat treatable magnesium wrought alloy that can be used up to 250 degrees C for aerospace application. This alloy has excellent mechanical properties (UTS: up to 345 MPa at room temperature) and improved corrosion resistance. Electrochemical passivation studies were conducted on this alloy under different heat treatment conditions in 0.1 M NaOH solution with the addition of chloride from 0 to 1000 ppm. The passive potential range typically extended to more than 1.5 V-Ag/AgCl. The transpassive potential was not dependent on the heat treatment condition of the alloy when the chloride concentration increased up to 500 ppm. However, pitting protection potential varied with the heat treatment condition when the chloride addition was 500 ppm or more. The specimen surface was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman spectroscopy to understand the passivation behavior of this alloy. The passivated surface of the WE43C specimens indicated that the surface layer consisted of MgO, Mg(OH)(2), and rare earth oxide phases, and the heat treatment conditions did not significantly affect the composition of the surface film. (C) 2017 Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Chongqing University.
|Journal Title||Journal of Magnesium and Alloys|
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|Rights Holder||Behavior Analysis in Practice|