Evaluation of cathodic protection behavior of waterborne inorganic zinc‐rich silicates containing various contents of MIO pigments

Mohammad Naser Kakaei (Technical Inspection Engineering Department, Shahid Tondgouyan Faculty of Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum University of Technology, Abadan, Iran)
Iman Danaee (Technical Inspection Engineering Department, Shahid Tondgouyan Faculty of Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum University of Technology, Abadan, Iran)
Davood Zaarei (Polymer Engineering Department, Faculty of Technical and Engineering, Islamic Azad University – South Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran)

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Publication date: 4 January 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to study the corrosion protection behavior of water‐borne inorganic zinc‐rich coatings based on potassium silicate/nanosilica developed with various zinc and micaceous iron oxide (MIO) contents during cathodic protection stage.

Design/methodology/approach

The formulated coatings were applied on carbon steel panels and were subjected to electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and free corrosion potential measurements for characterization of corrosion protection behavior. Also atomic force microscopy (AFM) and optical microscopy were used to investigate the surface topography of coatings.

Findings

All of the coatings preserved the cathodic protection ability throughout 75 days of exposure to 3.5% NaCl solution. Supporting results of electrochemical tests and microscopic observations revealed that replacement of zinc by MIO particles reduced both the rate of reactivity and the duration of cathodic protection of inorganic zinc‐rich coatings. It was observed that the coatings demonstrated a reactivation step after a dry‐wet cycle implying that cyclic immersion can change the overall duration of cathodic protection stage.

Originality/value

The paper describes formulation and investigation of corrosion protection behavior of an environmentally friendly zero‐VOC coating as well as providing an insight into EIS of zinc‐rich coatings.

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Citation

Naser Kakaei, M., Danaee, I. and Zaarei, D. (2013), "Evaluation of cathodic protection behavior of waterborne inorganic zinc‐rich silicates containing various contents of MIO pigments", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 60 No. 1, pp. 37-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/00035591311287438

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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