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Electrochemical and Stress Corrosion Mechanism of Submarine Pipeline in Simulated Seawater in Presence of Different Alternating Current Densities

Corrosion and Protection Center, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
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Materials 2018, 11(7), 1074; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11071074
Received: 14 May 2018 / Revised: 15 June 2018 / Accepted: 21 June 2018 / Published: 25 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Structure Analysis and Characterization)
In this study, electrochemical measurements, immersion tests, and slow strain rate tensile (SSRT) tests were applied to investigate the electrochemical and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) behavior of X70 steel in simulated seawater with the interference of different alternating current (AC) densities. The results indicate that AC significantly strengthens the cathodic reaction, especially the oxygen reduction reaction. Simultaneously, hydrogen evolution reaction occurs when the limiting diffusion current density of oxygen reaches, and thus, icorr sharply increases with the increase in AC density. Additionally, when AC is imposed, the X70 steel exhibits higher SCC susceptibility in the simulated seawater, and the susceptibility increases with the increasing AC density. The SCC mechanism is controlled by both anodic dissolution (AD) and hydrogen embrittlement (HE) with the interference of AC. View Full-Text
Keywords: pipeline steel; alternating current; polarization; stress corrosion pipeline steel; alternating current; polarization; stress corrosion
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Wu, W.; Pan, Y.; Liu, Z.; Du, C.; Li, X. Electrochemical and Stress Corrosion Mechanism of Submarine Pipeline in Simulated Seawater in Presence of Different Alternating Current Densities. Materials 2018, 11, 1074.

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