Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Crystallographic Pitting in Magnesium Single Crystals

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2005

Abstract

The corrosion behaviour of three low index planes of an hcp magnesium (Mg) single crystal was investigated in 10−2M NaCl/10−4M dichromate solution. The Mg (0001) surface exhibited pitting corrosion susceptibility at the open circuit potential. However, the (1010), and (1120) surfaces were passive at open circuit and pitting only initiated at potentials slightly anodic to their open circuit potentials. The onset of stable dissolution in the three surfaces was marked by the formation and propagation of corrosion filaments. For the three surfaces investigated, pit shape was non-geometric, however, pit propagation was generally found to occur along preferential crystallographic directions. An analysis of the preferred crystallographic directions is presented.

Volume

40

Issue

4

First Page

337

Last Page

343