DOI: 10.3390/met13091543 ISSN:

Influence of UV Illumination on the Corrosion Behavior of New 3Ni Weathering Steel in Marine Atmospheric Environments

Hongliang Xu, Rui Yuan, Zhihui Zhang, Ying Yang, Yubo Wang, Pengcheng Zhang, Xinping Mao, Huibin Wu
  • General Materials Science
  • Metals and Alloys

We investigate the effect of pure darkness and UV illumination on the corrosion process of 3Ni weathering steels involved in both marine atmospheric environments. The corrosion behavior of 3Ni steel in both environments was assessed by cyclic acceleration experiments, electrochemical measurements, morphological analysis and physical phase analysis. The results show that UV illumination affects the corrosion process through the photovoltaic effect of the corrosion products, with photoelectrons and photo-vacancies participating in the redox reaction between the substrate and the atmospheric environment, thereby affecting the corrosion rate of 3Ni steel, the physical composition of the corrosion products and the denseness of the rust layer.

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