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J. Mater. Sci. Technol.  2016, Vol. 32 Issue (10): 1054-1058    DOI: 10.1016/j.jmst.2016.07.005
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Comparative Study on the Corrosion Resistance of Al-Cr-Fe Alloy Containing Quasicrystals and Pure Al
Li R.T.1,K. Murugan Vinod2,Dong Z.L.2,*(),Khor K.A.1()
1 School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore
2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore
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Al-Cr-Fe alloy containing quasicrystals has been consolidated using spark plasma sintering (SPS). Its corrosion resistance properties were comparatively investigated with pure Al by electrochemical methods in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution. Their corrosion current density was also compared with that of three commercial steels—316 stainless steel, AISI 440C stainless steel and AISI H13 tool steel. Al-Cr-Fe alloy exhibits nobler corrosion potential and evident passivation with a potential range of around 150 mV while no passivation of pure Al sample is seen. The corrosion resistance of Al-Cr-Fe alloy is less than that of pure Al, but is close to that of 316 stainless steel and superior to that of AISI 440C stainless steel and AISI H13 tool steel.

Key words:  Quasicrystal      Spark plasma sintering      Microstructure      Corrosion resistance     
Received:  10 April 2016     
Corresponding Authors:  Dong Z.L.     E-mail:;

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Li R.T.,K. Murugan Vinod,Dong Z.L.,Khor K.A.. Comparative Study on the Corrosion Resistance of Al-Cr-Fe Alloy Containing Quasicrystals and Pure Al. J. Mater. Sci. Technol., 2016, 32(10): 1054-1058.

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Element Si Fe Total impurity Al
Content <0.015 <0.015 <0.03 >99.97
Table 1  Composition of commercially pure Al pellet
Fig. 1.  Morphology of as-received Al-Cr-Fe powders.
Fig. 2.  Microstructure of the sintered Al-Cr-Fe pellet: (a) SEM BSE image, (b) STEM image.
Fig. 3.  OCP for pure Al and Al-Cr-Fe in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution.
Fig. 4.  Complex plane plots of the EIS for pure Al and Al-Cr-Fe (symbols indicate experimental results and solid lines approximated data obtained using the double-CPE model).
Fig. 5.  Equivalent circuit for EIS data fitting (Rsol, Rp, Rc are the bulk solution, pore and charge-transfer resistance, respectively. Cfil and Cd are constant phase elements. W10 is Warburg impedance).
Sample Rsol
(Ω ? cm2)
(Ω ? cm2)
(Ω ? cm2)
-2 ? cm2 ? s-m)
m Cd
-2 ? cm2 ? s-n)
n W10
(Ω ? cm2 ? s-0.5)
Pure Al 2.40 2.58 × 104 1.3 × 106 8.99 × 10-6 0.93 1.45 × 10-4 0.78 5059
Al-Cr-Fe 11.95 3.55 × 104 8.4 × 104 2.35 × 10-5 0.95 4.34 × 10-4 0.92 4933
Table 2  EIS data obtained by equivalent electrical circuit models
Fig. 6.  Potentiodynamic polarization curves of pure Al and Al-Cr-Fe.
Sample βa
(μA ? cm-2)
Pure Al 680 151 -1040 0.32 This study
Al-Cr-Fe 118 158 -938 1.77 This study
316 Stainless steel - - -208 1.7 Li and Bell[27]
AISI 440C stainless steel - - -485 15.0 Lo et al.[28]
AISI H13 tool steel 48.3 676 -440 15.53 Yoo et al.[29]
Table 3  Data obtained from the potentiodynamic polarization curves of pure Al and Al-Cr-Fe
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