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Corrosão e Protecção de Materiais

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SOUZA, M.E.P. et al. Corrosion resistance of galvanized steel and ZnFe electroplated steel coated with silicone resin. Corros. Prot. Mater. [online]. 2006, vol.25, n.4, pp.121-125. ISSN 0870-1164.

Corrosion properties of galvanized steels are generally increased through a passivation processes with Cr6+ resulting in the formation of a passive layer. However, these kinds of chromates are toxic and environmentally legislation prohibits pre-treatments with chromates. As a consequence alternative pre-treatments have been studied along of last decades. Thus, alternative coatings of silicone resins due to their specific properties, such as hardness, chemical resistance and hydrofobicity, can be a viable substitute. In the present work silicon films obtained by hydrolysis and posterior condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in presence of Poli(dimetilsiloxane) (PDMS - OH) and a commercial silicone resin, in a sol-gel process conditions, were applied on galvanized steel and on steel electroplated with a ZnFe alloy. The composition studied was 45%PDMS - 40% TEOS - 15% Resin. The film corrosion protection properties were evaluated by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) in a NaCl 3% solution at different immersion times. EIS experimental data were fitted to an equivalent circuit from which the electrochemical parameters were obtained. Results show that the overall performance of the coatings system appears to be highly dependent on the metallic coating kind applied to the steel. The better results in terms of impedance |Z|were obtained in coatings applied over galvanized steels, these impedance values showing a stable behaviour with immersion time increasing.

Palavras-chave : Silicone resins; EIS; Corrosion.

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