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Guang-ling SONG(guangling.song@hotmail.com)


In this paper, a recently developed single wire-electrode AC probe technology which does not need a reference or counter electrode was employed to investigate the electrochemical corrosion and sacrificial anode protection behaviors of steel and zinc in 3.5wt.% NaCl. With this simple, fast, reliable and stable probe, the instantaneous corrosion rate and accumulated corrosion loss of carbon steel in 3.5wt.% NaCl were measured, and the results revealed that both were greater than those of zinc. Furthermore, the observed different corrosion behaviors between carbon steel and zinc during the immersion could be caused by their different surface films. With the galvanic couple of carbon steel-zinc, the protection efficiency offered by the anode zinc was found to be above 95%, and it increased initially and then decreased with immersion time.

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single-wire electrode, AC probe technology, impedance spectrum, galvanic couple, corrosion

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