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Influence of the Composition of the Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution on the Corrosion Behavior of AZ31 and AZ61 Magnesium Alloys

Materials Research Centre, Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Research Centre, University of Žilina, 010 08 Žilina, Slovakia
Institute of Physics of Materials AS CR v. v. i., Žižkova 22, 616 62 Brno, Czech Republic
Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technická 2896/2, 616 69 Brno, Czech Republic
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Metals 2017, 7(11), 465;
Received: 31 August 2017 / Revised: 23 October 2017 / Accepted: 25 October 2017 / Published: 1 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodegradable Metals)
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The electrochemical corrosion characteristics of AZ31 and AZ61 magnesium alloys were analyzed in terms of potentiodynamic tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The influence of the solution composition and material surface finish was examined also through the analysis of corrosion products created on the samples’ surface after electrochemical measurements in terms of scanning electron microscopy using energy-dispersive spectroscopy. Obtained data revealed the differences in the response of the magnesium alloys to enriched Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution—HBSS+ (with Mg2+ and Ca2+ ions) and Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution—HBSS (without Mg2+ and Ca2+ ions). Both examined alloys exhibited better corrosion resistance from the thermodynamic and kinetic point of view in the enriched HBSS+. AZ61 magnesium alloy reached higher values of polarization resistance than AZ31 magnesium alloy in both the used corrosion solutions. Phosphate-based corrosion products were characteristic for the AZ31 and AZ61 alloys tested in the HBSS (without Mg2+ and Ca2+ ions). The combination of phosphate-based corrosion products and clusters of MgO and Mg(OH)2 was typical for the surface of samples tested in the enriched HBSS+ (with Mg2+ and Ca2+ ions). Pitting corrosion attack was observed only in the case of enriched HBSS+. View Full-Text
Keywords: magnesium alloy; AZ31; AZ61; HBSS; HBSS+; EIS; potentiodynamic test magnesium alloy; AZ31; AZ61; HBSS; HBSS+; EIS; potentiodynamic test

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Tkacz, J.; Slouková, K.; Minda, J.; Drábiková, J.; Fintová, S.; Doležal, P.; Wasserbauer, J. Influence of the Composition of the Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution on the Corrosion Behavior of AZ31 and AZ61 Magnesium Alloys. Metals 2017, 7, 465.

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