This research investigates the effect of cerium ion addition on the efficiency of a 3-mercapto-propyl-trimethoxysilane (PropS-SH) coating formed on AZ31 magnesium alloy. The coating was obtained by dipping AZ31 coupons in a hydroalcoholic 3-mercapto-propyl-trimethoxysilane solution, added with cerium nitrate, in order to obtain a 5x10-3 or 5x10-4 M Ce+3 ion concentration. The silane baths were regulated at pH 4 and utilized for filming treatment after 48 hours following their preparation. The treated specimens were finally cured for 1 h at 100°C. The protective efficiency of cerium modified and unmodified PropS-SH coatings was evaluated by recording potentiodynamic polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectra in a 0.1 M NaCl environment. In comparison to PropS-SH coating, cerium nitrate modified silane layer exhibited noticeably improved performances, in particular in presence of a 5x10-3 M Ce3+ concentration. The increased protectiveness and stability of the modified coatings were attributed to a lower porosity and defectiveness and to self-healing ability provided by Ce3+ ion presence.

Protection of the AZ31 Magnesium alloy with cerium modified silane coating

ZANOTTO, Federica;GRASSI, Vincenzo;FRIGNANI, Alessandro;ZUCCHI, Fabrizio
2011

Abstract

This research investigates the effect of cerium ion addition on the efficiency of a 3-mercapto-propyl-trimethoxysilane (PropS-SH) coating formed on AZ31 magnesium alloy. The coating was obtained by dipping AZ31 coupons in a hydroalcoholic 3-mercapto-propyl-trimethoxysilane solution, added with cerium nitrate, in order to obtain a 5x10-3 or 5x10-4 M Ce+3 ion concentration. The silane baths were regulated at pH 4 and utilized for filming treatment after 48 hours following their preparation. The treated specimens were finally cured for 1 h at 100°C. The protective efficiency of cerium modified and unmodified PropS-SH coatings was evaluated by recording potentiodynamic polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectra in a 0.1 M NaCl environment. In comparison to PropS-SH coating, cerium nitrate modified silane layer exhibited noticeably improved performances, in particular in presence of a 5x10-3 M Ce3+ concentration. The increased protectiveness and stability of the modified coatings were attributed to a lower porosity and defectiveness and to self-healing ability provided by Ce3+ ion presence.
Zanotto, Federica; Grassi, Vincenzo; Frignani, Alessandro; Zucchi, Fabrizio
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