High-silicon chromium iron (HSCI) has been used in ground grids in southern China, while there was a lack of study on its corrosion behavior in this soil environment. The purpose of this paper is to discover the corrosion of HSCI in acidic and alkaline soil solutions.
The original defects on the HSCI surface were observed using optical microscopy, and the corrosion behavior of the HSCI in the acidic and alkaline soil solutions were jointly detected using electrochemical measurements and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectrometer.
The results showed the corrosion rates of the HSCI in the acidic and alkaline soil solutions were limited, and the high contents of Cr and Si in matrix was responsible for its high corrosion resistance. The HSCI showed a similar corrosion tendency in the two solutions, while its corrosion rate in the acid soil solution was higher than that in the alkaline soil solution. The corrosion pits on the specimen surface were originated from the original defects in matrix, and the edges of the corrosion pits were more rounded than the original defects after 720 h immersion in the two solutions. The original defects in the HSCI matrix played a significant role in the corrosion process.
The paper discovered the corrosion evolution of HSCI in the acidic and alkaline soil solutions. What is more, the acceleration role of the original defects on the corrosion of the HSCI in the acidic and alkaline soil solutions was discovered in the paper. The results are beneficial for the material selection of ground grid equipment in engineering.
Tangqing Wu was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (51971191, 51601164) and Hunan Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (2019JJ30023, 2019RS2038).
Lv, K., Yang, X., Wu, T., Xu, S., Liu, L., Sun, L. and Wang, X. (2021), "Study on the corrosion behaviors of high-silicon chromium iron in acidic and alkaline soil solutions", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 68 No. 3, pp. 182-191. https://doi.org/10.1108/ACMM-08-2020-2356
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