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Title: Comparative study of the behaviour of AISI 304 SS in a natural seawater hopper, in sterile media and with SRB using electrochemical techniques and SEM
Authors: Rodriguez, J. J. Santana 
Santana Hernández, F. J.
González González, J. E. 
Keywords: Induced Corrosion
Impedance, et al
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: 0010-938X
Journal: Corrosion science 
Abstract: A comparative study of the electrochemical behaviour of stainless steel AIR 304 plates immersed in a natural seawater hopper and, under lab conditions, in sterile natural seawater, were carried out over seven weeks. The behaviour of these plates was, likewise, studied in seawater plus sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB) isolated from the natural seawater medium at the end of the seven week period. Electrochemical studies which measured the voltage over open circuit conditions (E-corr), linear polarisation and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were also carried out. The results have allowed us to profile the varying behaviour of the plates' rusting in the natural seawater hopper, where a complex bio-film characteristic of natural environments is formed, as opposed to the processes of spreading in zones of high frequency due to the presence of voltage carrier species produced as the result of the transformation of sulphates into sulphides and to the lab conditions where a passive layer is formed, with capacitating behaviour, in the absence of bacteria, and a bio-film with sulphide inclusions is formed in the presence of the sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB) in an inductive semi-circle. The least protective passive layer appears in the presence of the SRB since the iron sulphide increases the susceptibility of steel to corrosion. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0010-938X
DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2005.04.007
Source: Corrosion Science[ISSN 0010-938X],v. 48, p. 1265-1278
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