Corrosion Resistance of Al/SiC Laser Cladding Coatings on AA6082
Aluminum matrix composites reinforced with silicon carbide particles (SiCp) were deposited by laser cladding on AA6082 aluminum alloy. Di erent compositions of the matrix of the composites coating were used and di erent amounts of Si and Ti were added to a base of Al-12Si in order to control the reactivity between molten aluminum and SiCp during laser cladding. The corrosion behavior of the coatings deposited was evaluated in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution using gravimetric analyses and electrochemical polarization tests. The corrosion products observed were Al(OH)3 and Al2O3, and they formed a layer that limited the evolution of corrosion. However, the presence of discontinuities in it reduced the corrosion resistance of the coating. The corrosion mechanisms were di erent depending on the coating composition. The addiction of Ti to the alloy allowed for better corrosion behavior for the composite coating than that of the aluminum substrate.
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