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1 Thermodynamics in Corrosion Engineering Lecture#03-04
2 Utility of Thermodynamics in Electrochemistry Thermodynamic considerations allow the determination of whether a reaction can occur spontaneouslyIf metal dissolution is unfavorable thermodynamically in a given set of circumstances – the job of the corrosion engineer is doneExample: Copper in pure deoxygenated water
3 ObjectivesTo relate your thermodynamic knowledge with the thermodynamics of corrosion-related electrochemistryTo describe the need for and characteristics of reference electrodesTo describe the origin, use, and limitations of electrochemical phase diagrams (such as Pourbaix diagram)Cu + H2SO4 → no reaction2Cu + 2H2SO4 + O2 → 2CuSO4 + 2H2O
4 Free Energy: Driving Force of a Chemical Reaction SpontaneousSpontaneous
5 Relation of ΔG and emfΔG is in JoulesE is emf in voltsn is the number of electrons involved in the reactionF is the Faraday (96500 C/equivalent)The larger the value of E for any cell – more is thetendency for the overall cell reaction to proceedEcell = Ecathode - Eanode
6 The Nernst Equation General Reaction for a Galvanic Cell
7 Half Cell PotentialWhen a metal M is immersed in an aqueous electrolyte, it acquires a certain potential. If the activity of the metal ions M++ in the aqueous environment is unity, then the acquired potential is known as standard potential φ0Potential of each electrode can be calculated using Nernst equation
9 Hydrogen ElectrodeIt is assumed arbitrarily that the standard potential for the following reaction is equal to zero at all temperaturesSo
10 Standard Hydrogen Electrode (SHE) The potential of the electrode equals zero if the hydrogen ion activity and the pressure of hydrogen gas in atmospheres are both unity. This is the standard hydrogen potentialThe half - cell potential for any electrode is equal to the emf of a cell with the standard hydrogen electrode as the other electrode.The half - cell potential for any electrode expressed on this basis is said to be on the normal hydrogen scale or on the standard hydrogen scale , sometimes expressed as φH or φ ( S.H.E. )
11 Convention of Signs and Calculation of EMF It was agreed at the 1953 meeting of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry that the reduction potential for any half - cell electrode reaction would be called the potential
13 Reference Half CellsIt is not always convenient to have a hydrogen electrode in the laboratoryOther reference half-cells (reference electrodes) have been introduced.Calomel reference electrodeAg-AgCl half cellThe Saturated Copper-Copper Sulfate half cell
14 Calomel Reference Electrode The calomel reference electrode has long been a standard reference electrode used in the laboratory. It consists of mercury in equilibrium with Hg2 2 +, the activity of which is determined by the solubility of Hg2Cl2 (mercurous chloride, or calomel). The half - cell reaction is:The activity of Hg2 2+ depends on the concentration of KCl since the solubility product (Hg22+)(Cl-) 2 is a constant.
15 Ag-AgCl Reference Electrode Like the calomel electrode, the potential is more active the higher the KCl concentration. In 0.1 N KCl, the value is V, and the temperature coefficient is − 4.3 × 10 − 4 V/ ° C. Potentials for other concentrations of KCl can be obtained by substituting the corresponding mean ion activity of Cl − into the Nernst equation
16 Cu-CuSO4 Half CellThe saturated copper – copper sulfate reference electrode consists of metalliccopper immersed in saturated copper sulfate. For saturated copper sulfate, the potential is V, and the temperature coefficient is 7 × 10 − 4 V/ ° C
17 Number Line for Potential Conversion Among Different Reference Electrode Scales
19 Oxygen Electrode and Differential Aeration Cell Consider two O2 electrodes:one in contact with O2 at 1 atmother in contact with O2 at 0.2 atm
20 Oxygen Electrode and Differential Aeration Cell The reaction is not thermodynamically possible as writtenThus, the electrode 1 is cathode electrode 2 the anode.In a differential aeration cell, the electrode in lower O2 pressure acts as the anode and the one in higher O2 pressure acts as the cathode
21 EMF SeriesAll metals have been arranged in a series according to their standard potential (φ0) values.The more positive value corresponds to noble metals and the more negative value corresponds to more reactive metals (when arranged according to reduction potential)Of the EMF series – if two metals make up a cell, the more active metal acts as the anode and the more noble metal of the two will act as cathode
23 Problems with EMF Series In real situation, the activities of the metal ions in equilibrium with the respective metals usually do not equal unityThe position of a metal in the EMF series with respect to another metal may change because of complex formation as is the case with tin (Sn) and steel (Fe)Alloys are not included in the EMF seriesIn oxidizing environment, some metals undergo passivation and are known as active-passive metals. Transition metals usually show passive behaviour in aerated aqueous environment. This dual position of some metals is not reflected in the EMF series.
24 Galvanic SeriesGalvanic series is an arrangement of both metals and alloys according to their actual measured potentials in a particular environment. There would be one Galvanic series for each environmentMetals and alloys showing active-passive behaviour are listed in both active and passive states.
26 Pourbaix DiagramMarcel Pourbaix developed potential-pH diagrams to show the thermodynamic state of most metals in dilute aqueous solutionsWith pH as abscissa and potential as ordinate, these diagrams have curves representing chemical and electrochemical equilibria between metal and aqueous environmentThese diagrams ultimately show the conditions for immunity, corrosion or passivation.
30 Benefits of Pourbaix Diagram Pourbaix diagrams offer a large volume of thermodynamic information in a very efficient and compact format.The information in the diagrams can be beneficially used to control corrosion of pure metals in the aqueous environmentBy altering the pH and potential to the regions of immunity and passivation, corrosion can be controlled. For example, on increasing the pH of environment in moving to slightly alkaline regions, the corrosion of iron can be controlledChanging the potential of iron to more negative values eliminate corrosion, this technique is called cathodic protection.Raising the potentials to more positive values reduces the corrosion by formation of stable films of oxides on the surface of transition metals
31 Limitations of Pourbaix Diagrams These diagrams are purely based on thermodynamic data and do not provide any information on the reaction ratesConsideration is given only to equilibrium conditions in specified environment and factors, such as temperature and velocity are not considered which may seriously affect the corrosion ratePourbaix diagrams deal with pure metals which are not of much interest to the engineers