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Chromate replacement in coatings for corrosion protection of aerospace aluminium alloys
journal contributionposted on 01.09.2011, 00:00 authored by T Markley, J Mardel, A Hughes, Bruce HintonBruce Hinton, A Glenn, Maria ForsythMaria Forsyth
Mixed rare earth organophosphates have been investigated as potential corrosion inhibitors for AA2024-T3 with the aim of replacing chromate-based technologies. Cerium diphenyl phosphate (Ce(dpp) 3) and mischmetal diphenyl phosphate (Mm(dpp) 3) were added to epoxy coatings applied to AA2024-T3 panels and they were effective in reducing the amount and rate of filiform corrosion in high humidity conditions. Ce(dpp) 3 was the most effective and characterisation of the coating formulations showed approximately a factor of 5 reduction in both the number of corrosion filaments initiated as well as the length of these. Mm(dpp) 3 appeared to reduce the corrosion growth rate by a factor of 2 although it was the more effective inhibitor in solution studies. Spectroscopic characterisation of the coatings indicated that the cerium based inhibitor may disrupt network formation in the epoxy thus resulting in a coating that absorbed more water and allowed greater solubilisation of the corrosion inhibiting compound.