Localized effects of macrofouling species on electrochemical corrosion of corrosion resistant alloys

A. Neville, T. Hodgkiess

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Interactions between macrofouling and corrosion have been studied on two duplex stainless steels (UNS S31803 and UNS S32760), an austenitic stainless steel (UNS S31354), a nickel base alloy (UNS N06625), and a cobalt base alloy (UNS R30006) in long term tests conducted in natural sea water off the west coast of Scotland. After an 18 month exposure period, the specimens were heavily fouled primarily with barnacles and mussels and all the materials exhibited crevice corrosion at the specimen/resin interface, although this was less extensive on the nickel base alloy. Localized corrosion was observed under the base of live barnacles on U NS S31603 stainless steel. Direct current electrochemical anodic polarization tests undertaken after the 18 month exposure period yielded unusually high currents in the range of potentials between the free corrosion value and the breakdown potential. However, long term exposure and associated macrofouling had little effect on the overall breakdown of general surface passivity as indicated by values of the breakdown potential. The higher currents were associated with the appearance, after the anodic polarization, of black sulphide corrosion products at the specimen/resin crevices, around barnacles, and around mussel byssus threads.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Corrosion Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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