Corrosion resistance and mechanical characteristics of dual-phase steel B500c, after shot blasting processes

Argyro Drakakaki (University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Charis Apostolopoulos (Department of Mechanical and Aeronautic Engineering, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Alexandros Katsaounis (Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Hasa Bjorn (University of Patras, Patras, Greece)

International Journal of Structural Integrity

ISSN: 1757-9864

Publication date: 2 October 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Corrosive agent constitutes a major problem for constructions located in coastal areas, since it keeps affecting their durability. This phenomenon, in synergy with moisture and high temperatures, leads to premature deterioration of the structures. Under these conditions, the need for management of the problem of resistance of steel against corrosion is an issue of paramount importance and a challenge to the structural integrity and reliability. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

The need for management of the problem of resistance of steel against corrosion is an issue of paramount importance and a challenge to the structural integrity and reliability. In the present study, an effort was made to increase the corrosion resistance of the high strength and ductility dual-phase steel B500c category, with the use of different shot blasting processes, without any interference in the chemical composition or in the production mode. In particular, shot blasting treatment was used for both cleaning and creating compressive stresses on the surface of steel bars, according to the pertinent protocols. The modified samples were studied via both conventional characterization methods and electrochemical techniques.

Findings

Through the whole surface treatment process of B500c steel, a positive impact came about not only the corrosion resistance, but also the mechanical performance.

Originality/value

Shot blasting process aims to increase the corrosion resistance of high ductility dual-phase steel (B500c), without any interference in the chemical composition or in the production mode.

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Citation

Drakakaki, A., Apostolopoulos, C., Katsaounis, A. and Bjorn, H. (2017), "Corrosion resistance and mechanical characteristics of dual-phase steel B500c, after shot blasting processes", International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 8 No. 5, pp. 544-564. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSI-02-2017-0007

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