Initial Stage of Localized Corrosion in Artificial Pits Formed with Photon Rupture on 55mass%Al-Zn Coated Steels





The photon rupture method, whose oxide film and metal are removed by focused pulsed Nd–YAG laser beam irradiation was applied to form artificial micro pits in 55 mass% aluminum–zinc coated steels. The 15 μm coated layer was removed by 2 s of continuous laser irradiation in this experiment. The rest potential transients were measured during the laser irradiation. While the coated layer covered the steel substrate, the rest potential change in the negative direction just after the starts of the laser irradiation and then returned to the previous value. However, after the steel substrate was exposed to solution, the rest potential moved in the positive direction immediately after the discontinuation of the laser irradiation and then also returned to the previous value. The amplitude and duration of the potential changes after the laser irradiation increased with longer irradiation, related to the pit depth and exposed area ratio of coated layer/steel substrate. These rest potential fluctuation differences can be explained by galvanic reaction changes in the artificial pit formed on the coated steel during irradiation.


  • ISIJ international  

    ISIJ international 46(8), 1218-1222, 2006-08-15 

    The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan

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