Applied Surface Science, Vol.442, 423-436, 2018
Effect of polishing process on corrosion behavior of 308L stainless steel in high temperature water
Effect of change in surface composition and roughness by different polishing processes on corrosion of 308L stainless steel in high temperature water was investigated. The investigation was conducted by comparing the corrosion behavior of electropolished specimens with that of the 40 nm-colloidal silica slurry polished specimens. The result revealed that the electropolished specimens had a higher corrosion rate than the colloidal silica slurry polished specimens, which was attributed to formation of an amount of chromium hydroxide and higher roughness of the electropolished surface. Moreover, the ferrite in 308L stainless steel was found to have a higher resistance to corrosion than the austenite matrix. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.