Current Applied Physics, Vol.10, No.3, 719-723, 2010
Effect of additives on structure and corrosion resistance of ceramic coatings on Mg-Li alloy by micro-arc oxidation
In order to improve the corrosion resistance of ceramic coatings formed on Mg-5mass% Li substrate by micro-arc oxidation (MAO) method, two kinds of additives (Na(2)B(4)O(7) and EDTA) were doped in Na(2)SiO(3)-Na(3)PO(4) solution system. The surface and cross-section morphology feature, phase composition and elemental composition were examined by SEM, XRD and EDX, respectively. Corrosion resistance of ceramic coating was tested by electrochemical methods. It was revealed that all coatings were composed of MgO and Mg(2)SiO(4), and had porous surface structure. Doping of additives had little effect on the elemental composition, while it influenced the morphological feature of the coating. The results of electrochemical tests showed that the coatings prepared in the solutions with additive had good corrosion resistance. The addition of EDTA to the solution made coatings thinner and more uniform which resulted in better general corrosion resistance. The addition of Na(2)B(4)O(7) to the solution made coatings much thicker and compacter, which improved the pitting corrosion resistance. (c) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.