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Galvanic coupling between copper and aluminium in a thin-layer cell

Blanc, Christine and Pébère, Nadine and Tribollet, Bernard and Vivier, Vincent Galvanic coupling between copper and aluminium in a thin-layer cell. (2010) Corrosion Science, vol. 52 (n° 3). pp. 991-995. ISSN 0010-938X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2009.11.023

Abstract

The Al/Cu coupling was investigated in a thin-layer cell formed by a large Cu electrode and an Al microelectrode embedded in an insulator placed above the Cu electrode. By using a scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM) the thickness of the thin layer was perfectly controlledwith a precision in the micrometer range. A copper deposit on an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) was also used as SECM substrate to quantify the copper dissolution rate. It was shown that such an experimental set-up allows to mimic the galvanic corrosion of intermetallic particles embedded in the aluminium matrix of the 2XXX series aluminium alloys. The combination of the SECM and the EQCM permitted the evaluation of the corrosion rate of copper at the corrosion potential of the 2024 Al alloy, whereas cyclic voltammetry performed on the SECM tip indicated the enrichment in Cu2+ ions in the thin electrolyte layer.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at Corrosion Science website : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0010938X
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Institution: Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT
Other partners > Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6 - UPMC (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III - UPS
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS
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Deposited By: Nihad Lahdifi

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