Materials Performance

DEC 2018

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40 DECEMBER 2018 W W W.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM MATERIALS SELECTION & DESIGN T The electrochemical corrosion behav- ior of 7003 aluminum alloy (AA7003) under peak aging (PA), double peak aging (DPA), and regression re-aging (RRA) in sodium chloride (NaCl) solu- tion at different temperatures have been studied by using potentiody- namic polarization and electrochemi- cal impedance spectroscopy tests in combination with scanning electron microscopy. The results showed that the electrochemical corrosion rate of AA7003 in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution increases with increasing tempera- ture, and the effect of aging treat- ments on the electrochemical corro- sion rate in descending order is as follows: PA>DPA>RRA. The 7000 series aluminum alloy, with high strength, good welding performance, and excellent corrosion resistance, has been widely used in the aerospace indus- try, vehicles, buildings, large pressure ves- sels, etc. 1-2 However, those alloys are prone to electrochemical corrosion in corrosive environments and stress corrosion crack- ing (SCC) under the interaction of the m echanical environm ent, w hich limits their broader application. 3-4 Although the electrochemical corrosion and SCC behav- ior of Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloys in a n ear - neutral 3.5 wt% sodium chloride (NaCl) solution have been studied over the past several years, 5-10 researchers have seldom considered the effect of temperature on the electrochemical corrosion of 7003 alu- Electrochemical Corrosion Behavior of AA7003 T.S. HUA, X.Y. ZHANG, C.B. ZHENG, AND R.G. SONG, Changzhou University, Changzhou, China; and Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang, China minum alloy (AA7003) under dif ferent aging treatments in NaCl solution. There- fore, this article presents a study of the electro ch emical c orrosion b ehavior of AA7003 and the morphologies of the corro- sion after etching. It can be deduced that the corrosion strength at different temper- atures provides a basis for further study of the SCC process. 11-14 Experimental Procedures Material and Heat Treatment The material used in this study was AA7003 supplied by Alcoa Co. in the form of sm o o t h sp e c i m e n s m a c h i n e d f r o m a 40-mm thick rolled plate. Its composition is as follows: 0.6 wt% Zn, 0.6 wt% Mg, 0.2 wt% Cu, 0.1 wt% Zr, 0.2 wt% Ti, 0.3 wt% Mn, 0.2 wt% Cr, 0.35 wt% Fe, 0.3 wt% Si, and the bal- ance Al. The specimens were put in a muf- fle furnace at 470 °C for 2 h, quenched with cold water, and placed in an oven at 120 °C for 50 h (peak aging [PA]), 120 h (double peak aging [DPA]), then 48 h at 205 °C for 10 min, and finally 48 h at 120 °C (retrogres- sion and re-aging [RRA]), respectively. Immersion Corrosion Test The 3.5 wt% NaCl solution was pre- pared using analytical-grade NaCl and deionized water and was used as the exper- iment solution. The specimens with dimen- sions of 1.0 by 1.0 by 0.4 cm were polished, p r o v i d i n g a sm o o t h su r f a c e w i t h o u t s c ra t c h e s . T h e n t h e sp e c i m e n s w e re immersed in 3.5 wt% NaCl solutions at dif- ferent temperatures for three days. After the three-day immersion, the specimens

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