Potentiodynamic Polarization and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for the Statistical Process Control of Aluminum Anodizing

    Published: Jan 1993

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    Industrial and military specifications often require the use of a 300+ h salt spray exposure method to test anodized aluminum coupons and evaluate the quality of anodizing processes. In addition to the salt spray (fog) exposure test being time consuming, its results are highly interpretive and therefore relatively imprecise. The long duration of the test itself makes it a poor tool for monitoring daily plant operation of anodizing baths. An electrochemical procedure has recently been developed to evaluate the quality of anodized aluminum coupons. This procedure is based on the electrochemical activation of the material under test followed by corrosion resistance measurements with either potentiodynamic polarization or electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in a cell designed to accept coupons prepared for salt spray testing. Results obtained formed the statistical basis to establish accelerated electrochemical tests as a routine plant monitoring of aluminum anodizing.


    potentiodynamic, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), anodized aluminum, salt spray test

    Author Information:

    Roberge, PR
    Associate professor and research assistant, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario

    Halliop, E
    Associate professor and research assistant, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario

    Yousri, S
    Chief, Chemical Technology and Purchasing Liaison, Pratt and Whitney Canada Inc., Longueuil, Quebec

    Paper ID: STP18077S

    Committee/Subcommittee: G01.11

    DOI: 10.1520/STP18077S

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