Microprobe study of pH during the induction period preceding crevice corrosion

Ryan C. Wolfe, Howard W. Pickering, Barbara A. Shaw

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Potential, pH, and their gradients are important parameters in determining the electrochemical reactivity of metals in crevices. Although a potential drop alone within crevices can be responsible for the activation of crevice corrosion, changes in pH may be necessary for crevice corrosion to occur. In cases where acidification forms an active peak in the polarization curve, pH and potential play synergistic roles in determining the onset of crevice corrosion. This synergistic relationship is explored by measuring gradients in pH and potential within crevices during the induction period preceding crevice corrosion. Crevice corrosion was found to initiate due to the potential drop in the crevice into an active peak in the polarization curve formed by acidification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPits and Pores III
Subtitle of host publicationFormation, Properties, and Significance for Advanced Materials - Proceedings of the International Symposium
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Jul 20 2006
Event206th Electrochemical Society Meeting - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2004Oct 8 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings - Electrochemical Society
VolumePV 2004-19


Other206th Electrochemical Society Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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