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CHEM3562/3 Corrosion Science/Environmental Degradation of Materials

An Introduction to the Principles and Prevention of Corrosion

Tutorial #2 for week #9: 16-20/03/2015

24 g of zinc metal are dissolved in a 1 M HCl solution. How many coulombs have been
produced by the anodic process?


A sheet of carbon steel one meter wide by three meters long has lost 40 g to corrosion
over the past six months. Convert that mass loss to a penetration rate of the steel in mm
units. What would be the total corrosion current associated with such a corrosion rate?
(carbon steel density = 7.8 g/cm3)


An electrochemical measurement shows a uniform corrosion current density for a nickel base
alloy 400 of 23.2 A/cm2. Calculate the equivalent corrosion rate in mpy for this alloy.
(The equivalent weight of nickel base alloy is 30.12 g/mol and the density is 8.84 g/cm3)


The Figure below represents a simplified version of the Pourbaix diagram of Zink in
water. .

When Zinc corrodes in water, the following species can be present over the complete range of
pH and potential: H+, H2, O2, OH-, H2O, Zn, Zn2+, Zn(OH)2 and ZnO22-! Relevant E values are:
Zn/Zn2+, 0.76 V; Zn/Zn(OH)2, -0.439 V; Zn/ ZnO22-, +0.441 V; H2/H+, 0 V; O2/H2O, 1.226
V (all values measured against SHE).


What do the dotted lines 1, 2 mean?

Write out the five reaction equations that describe the inter-conversions between species.
Describe how the lines that are labelled with a-e can be obtained. Relate the above
reactions to the individual lines?
What can Pourbaix diagrams be used for and what are their major limitations?
Define the terms domain of immunity, domain of passivity and domain of corrosion as
they are used within Pourbaix diagram and, based on this, discuss the stability of zinc
metal in water at 25oC across the range of pH.
Calculate the penetration rate in mpy that is equivalent to 1 A/cm2 for a titanium alloy
containing 5% aluminum and 2.5% tin.
(Relevant atomic weights are: titanium: 47.867, aluminum: 26.982, and tin 118.710 (in
g/mol); densities are: titanium: 4.51, aluminum: 2.70 and tin: 7.30 (in g/cm3)).


What is the relation between the overpotential and standard potential of an

electrochemical reaction?


Mercury is sometimes referred to as a high overvoltage electrode surface and platinum

as a low overvoltage electrode surface. Justify this terminology, using the hydrogen
reduction reaction, 2H+ + 2e- H2, as an example.


Describe a simple method to verify if an electrochemical reaction is limited by a

concentration polarization effect.


Using the mixed potential theory and appropriate polarization diagrams (Tafel plots),
determine the effect of the following parameters on the corrosion potential and corrosion
rate of a Metal M corroding to dissolved M+ in an acid solution:
(a) increasing the exchange current density i0 of the anodic reaction
(b) increasing the exchange current density i0 of the cathodic reaction
(c) increasing the concentration of dissolved H+
(d) increasing the Tafel constant of the anodic reaction.


Assume that the corrosion of a metal M is controlled completely by activation polarization

for both anodic and cathodic reactions. What is the effect of solution stirring on the
corrosion rate and corrosion potential?

A. M. Wilson (2015)