The influence of Ce-based coatings as pretreatments on corrosion stability of top powder polyester coating on AA6060
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AuthorsZivkovic, Ljiljana S.
Popić, Jovan P.
Bajat, Jelena B.
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Cerium-based conversion coatings (CeCCs) are one of the most prospective alternatives to the widely used chromate conversion coatings (CCCs) due to their anticorrosion efficiency, environmentally friendly nature and low cost. In this work, the CeCCs on AA6060 were prepared by immersion into aqueous cerium salt solutions at room temperature, and subsequently post-treated in heated phosphate solution. The effect of counter ion (nitrate and chloride) on the coating properties was studied testing CeCCs as sole or conversion layers for the top polyester coating. Since the 60 mu m thick polyester coating was applied, an artificial defect of 0.8 mm hole was introduced to faster assess the differences between pretreatments. The system with CCC pretreatment was used as reference. Corrosion properties were investigated in 0.5 M NaCl solution by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy while the adhesion strength was measured by NMPR (N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone) and pull-off tests. As shown, the post-t...reated chloride-based CeCC offered better protection than crack-free thin nitrate-based CeCC, when used as sole coatings. On the other hand, it was brought to evidence that in combination with top powder polyester coating, the CeCC deposited from nitrate solution exhibited better protection compared to protective system pretreated with chloride-based one. Excellent polyester coating adhesion was found independently on aluminium surface pretreatment.
Keywords:Corrosion / Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy / Polyester coating / Adhesion / Aluminium alloy
Source:Progress in Organic Coatings, 2013, 76, 10, 1387-1395
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