Localized corrosion information using high resolution measurement devices

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    High performance demand for several engineering alloys and components, and miniaturization of electronics and development of MEMS requires better understanding of local corrosion characteristics frequently down to µm scale. This is because in metallic materials corrosion is a sensitive function of microstructure, in particular the local electrochemical activities of several microstructural heterogeneities such as second phase particles and grain boundaries. The overall corrosion behaviour of the material is determined by the local interaction of several microstructural features. On the other hand in engineering components, structural heterogeneities of a higher scale could be produced by joining and processing techniques such as welding (eg. heat affected zone and nugget), cutting and machining operations. In all these cases understanding the corrosion properties of an individual microstructural region in conjunction with microstructural analysis, using advanced microscopic tools, becomes very important. Corrosion of microelectronics circuits and MEMs is also a recent problem, which demands measurement resolution down to few microns as the components are extremely small, and measurement needs to be carried out without damaging the entire component. These limitations can be overcome by the use of high resolution corrosion measurement devices, which in various forms are being used by few investigators. One popular approach is the so called microelectrochemical set up, which use a pipette connected to a system to control the solution flow at the tip. Through addition of reference and counter electrodes, the pipette system becomes a microscopic electrochemical cell, which can then be used with high precision to determine the electrochemical characteristics of the microstructural region of interest. The capability of the technique could be further enhanced by adding new features such as high resolution video visualization systems, fretting/tribo-corroson attachments, and also by integrating it with stress corrosion testing, corrosion investigation of concrete for a few to name with. The corrosion group in MPT, Technical University of Denmark has developed various types of microelectrochemical devices with resolutions 1 mm - 10 m; also integrated them with stress corrosion testing, fretting corrosion measurements and potential profiling for complex geometries such as die-cast and engine components. This paper describe the methods and the results of local corrosion investigations of aluminium alloy microstructure, friction stir welds, spot-welds, cast components and microelectronic devices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Eurocorr 2005
    Publication date2005
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventEUROCORR 2005 - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 8 Sep 20059 Sep 2005


    ConferenceEUROCORR 2005

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