The similarity between electrochemical noise resistance (Rn) and polarization resistance (Rp) has been confirmed in many laboratories, and a new method for corrosion rate determination has been developed based upon this similarity. However, this method remains controversial. Some researchers have reported experimental results that did not support a similarity between Rp and Rn. Other researchers have found that this similarity does not hold true for every system. To address this controversy, factors affecting the measurement and calculation of Rn were investigated. Several factors - including instrument noise, direct current (DC) trend, noise sampling rates, and noise sampling duration - can affect the accuracy of Rn determination signiftcantly and, in some cases, can cause disagreement between Rn and Rp. It was recommended that a system check be carried out to avoid the influence of these factors.
This paper was presented at CORROSION 1998 : The Annual NACE Corrosion Conference
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091207 Metals and Alloy Materials 030604 Electrochemistry 030301 Chemical Characterisation of Materials