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1 ANODIC PROTECTION Feasibility of anodic protection is firstly demonstrated and tested by Edeleanu in 1954

2 Corrosion control of metal structure by impressed anodic current. Interface potential of the structure is increased into passive corrosion domain. Protective film is formed on the surface of metal structure which decrease the corrosion rate down to its passive current. Can be applied for active-passive metals/alloys only.

3 Anodic protection can decrease corrosion rate substantially. Acid concentration, M NaCl, MCor. Rate μm/y (Unprotected) Cor. Rate μm/y (Protected) Anodic protection of 304SS exposed to an aerated H 2 SO 4 at 30 0 C at vs. SCE

4 Metals which can be passivated and de- activated The metals which can be passivated by oxidation and activated by reduction are those which have a higher oxide less soluble than a lower oxide and will thus each corrosion domain forms an angle. The lower the apex of this angle in the diagram (such as titanium, chromium and tin etc.), the easier it will be to passivate the metal by oxidation and it will be difficult to reactivate the passivated metals by reduction.

5 Titanium and chromium can be passivated very easily and their passivation process will occur more often than not, spontaneously, even in the absence of oxidizing agent.

6 Experimental potential - pH diagram for chromium

7 Anodic polarization curve of AISI 304 SS in 0.5 M H 2 SO 4

8 Anodic protection parameters : (can be obtained from anodic polarization measurement) Range of potential in which metal is in passivation state (protection range) Critical current density Flade potential Optimum potential for anodic protection is midway in the passive region

9 Flade potential (E F ) In which E F O : Flade potential at pH = 0 n : a constant (between 1 and 2) depends of metal composition and environment conditions Metals having E F < equilibrium potential of hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) can be passivated by non oxidizing acid (i.e. titanium) Increasing temperature will reduce the protection potential range and increase the critical current density and therefore anodic protection will be more difficult to be applied.

10 10 Parameters that should be considered for anodic protection design (Flade potential is not included in the figure)

11 Influences of temperature and chloride concentration on anodic polarization curve of stainless steels (schematic figure)

12 Anodic polarization curves of a mild steel in 10% sulfuric acid at 22 and 60 0 C

13 For metals exposed in aggressive ions containing - environment Interface potential of metal should be : E prot >E logam >E flade Basically : E flade is equal or slightly lower than E pp.

14 Schematic figure of potential range for anodic protection of a stainless steel which is susceptible to pitting corrosion in an environment containing aggressive ions

15 Increasing of chloride ions concentration results in a significant decrease of protection potential range. Consequently, in aggressive ions containing- environment anodic protection is applied only for metals which have relatively high protection potential and high pitting potential. Increasing temperature leading to a decrease of E prot

16 Schematic figure of anodic protection system for protecting inner surface of storage tank

17 CATHODES FOR ANODIC PROTECTION Should be permanent and can be used as current collector without any significant degradation. Having large surface area in order to suppress cathodic overpotential. Low cost. Platinum clad brass can be used for anodic protection cathodes because this cathode has low overpotential and its degradation rate is very low, however it is very expensive.

18 Cathodes used in recent anodic protection systems

19 Comparison of anodic and cathodic protection : Anodic protection Cathodic protection ApplicabilityActive-passive metals only All metals CorrosivesWeak to aggressive Weak to moderate Relative investment cost HighLow Relative operation cost Very lowMediums to high EquipmentPotentiostat + cathode/s Sacrificial anodes or DC power supply + ICCP anode/s

20 Throwing power Very highLow to high Significant of applied current Often a direct measure of protected corrosion rate Complex Does not indicate corrosion rate Operating conditions Can be accurately and rapidly determined by electrochemical measurement Must usually be determined by empirical testing

21 Typical applications of anodic protection

22 Anodic protection has been applied to protect storage tanks, reactors, heat exchangers and transportation vessels for corrosive solutions. Heat exchangers (tubes, spirals and plates types) including their anodic protection systems can be easily to purchase in the market. i.e. AISI 316 SS HE is used to handle 96-98% sulfuric acid solution at C. Anodic protection decreases corrosion rate of the stainless steel, initially from 5mm/year down to 0.025mm/year and therefore less contaminated sulfuric acid can be obtained.

23 DATA Effect of chromium content on critical current density and Flade potential of iron exposed in 10% sulfuric acid.

24 Effects of nickel and chromium contents on critical current density passivation potential in 1N and 10 N H 2 SO 4 containing 0.5 N K 2 SO 4

25 Requirement of critical protection current densities for several austenitic stainless steels (18-20 Cr, 8-12 Ni) exposed in different electrolytes Protection current density : current density required to maintain passivity

26 Effect of sulfuric acid concentration at 24 0 C on the corrosion rate and critical current density of stainless steel

27 Effect of stirring of electrolyte on the corrosion rate and requirement of current density to maintain passivity on a stainless steel at 27 0 C

28 Current density requirements for anodic protection

29 Anodic Protection Using a Galvanic Cathode A cylindrical tank of 304 stainless steel for storing deaerated sulfuric acid (pH=0) is found to corrode rapidly. To provide anodic protection, a galvanic cathode of platinum will be installed. The tank has a diameter of 5 m and the depth of acid is 5 m. a. Draw a labeled sketch of the polarization diagram for the tank and calculate the passivation potential versus SHE. b. What is the area of platinum required to ensure stable passivity? c. What will the corrosion potential be when the tank achieves passivity?

30 Data: 304 stainless steel: E cor = V vs SCE i cor = A/cm 2 Tafel slope anodic = 0.07 V/decade i crit = 1.4 x A/cm 2 i pas = 4 x A/cm 2 H + reduction on platinum i 0 = A/cm 2 Tafel slope cathodic = 0.03 V/decade SCE = V vs.SHE


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