Localized corrosion behavior of a zirconium-based bulk metallic glass relative to its crystalline state

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Author(s)

  • W. H. Peter
  • R. A. Buchanan
  • P. K. Liaw
  • M. L. Morrison
  • J. A. Horton
  • C. A. Carmichael Jr.
  • J. L. Wright

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1157-1162
Journal / PublicationIntermetallics
Volume10
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

To date, few detailed corrosion studies of the new bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) have been presented. In the present work, the aqueous electrochemical corrosion properties of BMG-11, 52.5Zr-17.9Cu-14.6Ni-5.0Ti-10.0Al (atomic percent), were investigated. Cyclic-anodic-polarization tests were conducted on amorphous and crystalline specimens in a 0.6 M NaCl solution (simulated seawater) and on amorphous specimens in a 0.05 M Na2SO4 solution (simulated moisture condensation, as related to ongoing fatigue experiments in humid air), all at room temperature. In the NaCl solution, both amorphous and crystalline materials were found to exhibit passive behavior with low corrosion rates (15 μm/year or less). However, susceptibilities to pitting corrosion were observed. The amorphous material was found to be more resistant to the onset of pitting corrosion under natural corrosion conditions. In the 0.05 M Na2SO4 solution, the amorphous BMG-11 was found to exhibit passive behavior with a very low corrosion rate (0.4 μm/year), and to be immune to pitting corrosion. Furthermore, when the protective passive film was removed by scratching with a diamond stylus, it was found to quickly reform. This result suggested that a corrosion influence on the fatigue properties of BMG-11 in humid air would be minimal. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • B. Corrosion, B. Glasses, metallic

Citation Format(s)

Localized corrosion behavior of a zirconium-based bulk metallic glass relative to its crystalline state. / Peter, W. H.; Buchanan, R. A.; Liu, C. T.; Liaw, P. K.; Morrison, M. L.; Horton, J. A.; Carmichael Jr., C. A.; Wright, J. L.

In: Intermetallics, Vol. 10, No. 11-12, 11.2002, p. 1157-1162.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review