Ingeniare. Revista chilena de ingeniería
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APERADOR CHAPARRO, Willian; RODRIGUEZ ZAMORA, Geovanny and FRANCO, Fernando. Corrosion behavior in marine environment of magnesium alloy AZ31-B welded by friction-agitation process. Ingeniare. Rev. chil. ing. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.1, pp. 119-125. ISSN 0718-3305. doi: 10.4067/S0718-33052012000100012.
The corrosion behavior of AZ31B magnesium alloy modified by friction stir processing (FSP) was studied in simulated marine environment, in order to determine the effect of process variables rotation speed and travel speed. The corrosion analysis was carried upon by means of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and potentiodynamic polarization curves (Tafel), metallographic analysis of the welded zones was done by optical microscopy and the chemical analysis of the corrosion products were done by using scanning electron microscope (SEM), equipped with EDS analyzer. It was observed that the increase of the rate rotation speed/travel speed of the process produces a decrease in the corrosion rate and the corresponding increase of the corrosion resistance in marine environment, apparently related to the higher grain size found in the stir zone, corresponding to a higher heat input.
Keywords : FSP; AZ31 magnesium alloys; corrosion resistance; rotation speed; travel speed.