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Publication date: 3 November 2014

P.C. Okafor and E.A. Apebende

This paper aims to evaluate the inhibitive action of the corrosion of mild steel in sulphuric acid solutions by ethanol extracts of Thymus vulgaris (TYV), Xylopia

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to evaluate the inhibitive action of the corrosion of mild steel in sulphuric acid solutions by ethanol extracts of Thymus vulgaris (TYV), Xylopia aethiopica (XYA) and Zingiber officinale (ZGO) as eco-friendly and non-toxic mild-steel corrosion inhibitors in H2SO4 solutions.

Design/methodology/approach

Ethanol extracts of TYV leaves, XYA fruits and ZGO roots were used as inhibitors in various corrosion tests. Gravimetric and gasometric techniques were used to characterize the mechanism of inhibition.

Findings

Results indicate that the extracts inhibit the corrosion process efficiently. Inhibition efficiency was found to increase with an increase in extract concentration and decrease with an increase in temperature. Inhibition efficiencies followed the trend TYV > ZGO > XYA. Thermodynamic considerations revealed that the energy of activation increased in the presence of the plant extracts. Adsorption of the plant extracts on mild steel surface occurred spontaneously, and Ea and ΔGads values confirm a physical adsorption processes. Phytochemical studies showed the presence of saponoids, flavonoids and polyphenols whose attachment to adsorption sites on the metal surface is responsible for the inhibition process. Experimental data fit the Langmuir adsorption isotherm.

Practical implications

The plant extracts can be used in chemical cleaning and picking processes.

Originality/value

The research provides information on the possible use of the ethanol extracts from TYV leaves, XYA fruits and ZGO roots as sources of cheap, eco-friendly and non-toxic corrosion inhibitors.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 43 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 3 July 2009

P.C. Okafor, I.E. Uwah, O.O. Ekerenam and U.J. Ekpe

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the corrosion inhibitive properties of extracts from mature leaves of Combretum bracteosum for the corrosion of mild steel in H2SO4.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the corrosion inhibitive properties of extracts from mature leaves of Combretum bracteosum for the corrosion of mild steel in H2SO4.

Design/methodology/approach

Acid extracts from mature leaves of Combretum bracteosum are used as mild steel corrosion inhibitors in various tests at 30‐60°C. The gravimetric and hydrogen evolution (via the gasometric assembly) measurements are conducted.

Findings

The mature leaves of Combretum bracteosum extracts inhibit the corrosion of mild steel in H2SO4 to reasonable extent. Inhibition efficiency increases with the plant extracts concentration and decreases with temperature. Phenomenon of physical adsorption is proposed as the mechanism of inhibition and the Frumkin adsorption isotherm obeyed. Kinetic parameters for the dissolution of mild steel in H2SO4 solutions are calculated.

Practical implications

Mature leaves extract from Combretum bracteosum can be used in chemical cleaning and pickling processes.

Originality/value

The research provides new information on the possible use of the leaves of Combretum bracteosum as an eco‐friendly corrosion inhibitor of mild steel in H2SO4.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 38 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 17 August 2018

Alexander I. Ikeuba and Peter C. Okafor

This paper aims to appraise the inhibitory effect of saponins extracted from Gongronema latifolium (SEGL) on mild steel in acid media. This is in a bid to conserve our…

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to appraise the inhibitory effect of saponins extracted from Gongronema latifolium (SEGL) on mild steel in acid media. This is in a bid to conserve our environment and maintain the integrity of engineering structures and materials.

Design/methodology/approach

The corrosion inhibition of SEGL and ethanolic extracts of the leaves of G. latifolium (EEGL) on mild steel was studied by hydrogen evolution technique within a temperature range of 30-60°C in tetraoxosulphate (VI) acid solutions.

Findings

The extracts inhibit the corrosion of mild steel, and the inhibition efficiency depends on the concentration of the plant extract, temperature and the period of immersion. SEGL was comparatively more efficient than EEGL. Optimum values of the inhibition efficiency for both the EEGL and SEGL (93.7 and 96.5 per cent, respectively) were obtained at extract concentration of 10 g/L, whereas the least values were obtained at extract concentration of 0.5 g/L.

Originality/value

This paper provides new information on the possible application of isolated SEGL as an environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitor. The possible mechanism of the inhibitive action is also given.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 48 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 29 May 2007

P.C. Okafor and E.E. Ebenso

To evaluate the effect of different parts of Carica papaya (leaves (LV), seeds (SD), heart wood (HW) and bark (BK)) as eco‐friendly and non‐toxic mild‐steel corrosion…

Abstract

Purpose

To evaluate the effect of different parts of Carica papaya (leaves (LV), seeds (SD), heart wood (HW) and bark (BK)) as eco‐friendly and non‐toxic mild‐steel corrosion inhibitors in H2SO4 at 30 to 60 oC.

Design/methodology/approach

Acid extracts of the different parts of Carica papaya were used as inhibitors in various corrosion tests. Gravimetric and gasometric techniques were used to characterise the mechanism of inhibition.

Findings

The LV, SD, HW and BK extracts were found to inhibit mild steel corrosion in H2SO4. The inhibition efficiencies of the plant's part extracts follow the trend: LV > SD > HW > BK. Inhibition efficiency increased with extracts concentration but decreased with temperature. Physical adsorption of the phytochemical components of the plant on the metal surface is proposed as the mechanism of inhibition. The experimental data fits well into the Langmuir and Temkin adsorption isotherms.

Practical implications

The plant extracts can be used in chemical cleaning and picking processes.

Originality/value

The research provides information on the possible use of the different parts of Carica papaya as sources of cheap eco‐friendly and non‐toxic corrosion inhibitors.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 36 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 18 September 2007

P.C. Okafor, V.I. Osabor and E.E. Ebenso

This paper aims to investigate the inhibitive effect of ethanol extracts of Garcinia kola (EXG) for the corrosion of mild steel in H2SO4 solutions. The study is another…

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the inhibitive effect of ethanol extracts of Garcinia kola (EXG) for the corrosion of mild steel in H2SO4 solutions. The study is another trial to find a cheap and environmentally safe inhibitor for mild steel corrosion.

Design/methodology/approach

The inhibition efficiency has been evaluated using the hydrogen evolution technique at 30‐60°C. The mechanism of adsorption inhibition and type of adsorption isotherm were proposed based on the trend of inhibition efficiency and kinetic data.

Findings

The results obtained indicate that EXG inhibits the corrosion of mild steel in acidic medium and that the inhibition efficiency increases with an increase in the concentration of ethanol extracts and decreasing temperature. The inhibition efficiency increased on addition of potassium iodide to EXG, indicating synergism. The experimental data obeyed the Langmuir adsorption isotherm as well as the El‐Awady et al. thermodynamic‐kinetic model. The activation energy of inhibition of 6.8508 KJ/mol calculated for the corrosion process suggests that the EXG molecules are physically adsorbed on the metal surface.

Research limitations/implications

Further investigations involving electrochemical studies such as polarization method will provide further enlightenment on the mechanistic aspect of the corrosion inhibition.

Originality/value

This paper provides new information on the possible application of EXG as an environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitor under the specified conditions. This environmentally friendly inhibitor could find possible applications in metal surface anodizing and surface coatings.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 36 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 1 December 2003

E.E. Ebenso, P.C. Okafor and U.J. Ekpe

The inhibition of corrosion of aluminium in chloroacetic acids, namely monochloroacetic acid (MCA), dichloroacetic acid (DCA) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) solutions…

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The inhibition of corrosion of aluminium in chloroacetic acids, namely monochloroacetic acid (MCA), dichloroacetic acid (DCA) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) solutions, using 2‐acetylphenothiazine (2APTZ) at 30 and 40°C, at concentrations of 1×10−3M, 1×10−4M, 7.5×10−5M, 5×10−5M and 1×10−5M, was studied using the weight loss and hydrogen evolution techniques. At the highest concentration studied, using the hydrogen evolution technique, an inhibition efficiency of 86.16 per cent was obtained. The investigation revealed that 2APTZ inhibited the corrosion reaction. A physical adsorption mechanism is proposed on the basis of the obtained average Ea values of 76.05 kJ/mol for MCA, 70.75 kJ/mol for DCA and 68.52 kJ/mol for TCA. 2APTZ was confirmed to obey the Freundlish adsorption isotherm equation at the concentration studied. The two techniques employed revealed a first‐order kinetics.

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Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, vol. 50 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0003-5599

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Publication date: 1 September 2006

S.A. Umoren, I.B. Obot, E.E. Ebenso, P.C. Okafor, O. Ogbobe and E.E. Oguzie

To investigate the inhibitive effect of gum arabic (GA) for the corrosion of aluminium in alkaline (NaOH) medium and determine its adsorption characteristics. The present…

Abstract

Purpose

To investigate the inhibitive effect of gum arabic (GA) for the corrosion of aluminium in alkaline (NaOH) medium and determine its adsorption characteristics. The present work is another trial to find a cheap and environmentally safe inhibitor for aluminium corrosion.

Design/methodology/approach

The inhibition efficiency (%I) has been evaluated using the hydrogen evolution (via the gasometric assembly) and the thermometric methods at 30 and 40°C. The concentrations of GA (inhibitor) used were 0.1‐0.5 g/l and the concentrations of NaOH (the corrodent) were 0.1‐2.5 M. The mechanism of adsorption inhibition and type of adsorption isotherms were proposed from the trend of inhibition efficiency with temperature, Ea, ΔGads and Qads values.

Findings

GA inhibited the corrosion of aluminium in NaOH solutions. The inhibition efficiency increased with increase in GA concentration and with increase in temperature. Phenomenon of chemical adsorption is proposed for the inhibition and the process followed the Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms. The results obtained in this study for the %I were comparable for the two methods used and were corroborated by kinetic and thermodynamic parameters evaluated from the experimental data.

Research limitations/implications

Further investigations involving electrochemical studies such as polarization method will enlighten more on the mechanistic aspect of the corrosion inhibition.

Originality/value

This paper provides new information on the possible application of GA as an environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitor even in highly aggressive alkaline environments. It has not been published elsewhere.

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Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, vol. 53 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0003-5599

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Publication date: 1 November 2006

S.A. Umoren, E.E. Ebenso, P.C. Okafor and O. Ogbobe

To determine the inhibition efficiency and adsorption characteristics of two water soluble polymers namely polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyethyleneglycol (PGE) as…

Abstract

Purpose

To determine the inhibition efficiency and adsorption characteristics of two water soluble polymers namely polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyethyleneglycol (PGE) as corrosion inhibitors of mild steel in H2SO4.

Design/methodology/approach

The inhibition efficiencies of PVA and PEG were evaluated using the weight loss and hydrogen evolution techniques at 30‐60°C.

Findings

The inhibition efficiency (I per cent) of the inhibitors increased with increase in concentration and temperature. The inhibitors (PVA and PEG) were found to obey Temkin, Freundlich and Langmuir adsorption isotherms from the fit of the experimental data at all concentrations and temperatures studied. The phenomenon of chemical adsorption is proposed from the activation parameters obtained. PEG was found to be a better inhibitor than PVA.

Research limitations/implications

The mechanistic aspect of the corrosion inhibition can be better understood using electrochemical studies such as polarization and AC impedance spectra.

Practical implications

The findings may be useful in cooling water systems in industries under simulated conditions.

Originality/value

This paper provides additional new information on the inhibiting characteristics of PVA and PEG as promising corrosion inhibitors.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 35 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 1 March 2006

E.E. Oguzie, A.I. Onuchukwu, P.C. Okafor and E.E. Ebenso

To appraise the inhibiting effect of Ocimum basilicum extract on aluminium corrosion in 2 M HCl and 2 M KOH solutions, respectively, at 30 and 60°C.

Abstract

Purpose

To appraise the inhibiting effect of Ocimum basilicum extract on aluminium corrosion in 2 M HCl and 2 M KOH solutions, respectively, at 30 and 60°C.

Design/methodology/approach

Corrosion rates were determined using the gas‐volumetric technique and the values obtained in absence and presence of extract was used in calculation of the inhibition efficiency. The mechanism of inhibition was estimated from the trend of inhibition efficiency with temperature.

Findings

Ocimum basilicum extract was found to inhibit aluminium corrosion in the acidic and alkaline environments. Inhibition efficiency increased with extract concentration but decreased with rise in temperature, suggesting physical adsorption of the organic matter on the metal surface. These results were corroborated by kinetic and activation parameters for corrosion and adsorption processes evaluated from the experimental data at the temperatures studied. Halide additives synergistically improved the inhibition efficiency of the extract.

Originality/value

This paper provides new information on the possible application of Ocimum basilicum extract as an environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitor. The mixed extract – iodide formulation provides an effective means for retarding aluminium corrosion even in highly aggressive alkaline environments.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 35 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 26 August 2014

S.A. Umoren, U.M. Eduok and M.M. Solomon

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and blended formulations on the corrosion inhibition of…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and blended formulations on the corrosion inhibition of aluminium in HCl solutions at 30-60°C and to study the mechanism of action.

Design/methodology/approach

The inhibitive effect of the homopolymers and polymer blend was assessed using weight loss and hydrogen evolution methods at 30 and 60°C. The morphology of the corroding aluminium surface without and with the additives was visualized using atomic force microscopy. The trend of inhibition efficiency with temperature was used to propose the mechanism of inhibition and type of adsorption.

Findings

Results obtained show that inhibition efficiency (η%) increases with increase in concentration of the polymers but decreases with increase in temperature. The inhibition efficiency of the homopolymers and their blends decreased with rise in temperature. Inhibition efficiency was found to be synergistically enhanced on blending the two homopolymers with highest inhibition efficiency obtained for (PEG:PVP) blending ratio of 1:3. The phenomenon of physical adsorption is proposed from the trend of inhibition efficiency with temperature.

Research limitations/implications

The mechanistic aspect of the corrosion inhibition can be better understood using electrochemical studies such as potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

Originality/value

Studies involving the use of polymer blends/mixtures as corrosion inhibitor for metals in corrosive environments are scarce. The results suggest that the mixture could find practical application in corrosion control in aqueous acidic environment. The data obtained would form part of database on the use of polymer–polymer mixtures to control acid-induced corrosion of metal.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 43 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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