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Inhibition of acid undercutting of hybrid polyurethane coatings

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A current study investigated the corrosion resistance of inorganic/organic hybrid polyurethane based coatings by using a mixture of sol-gel precursors.

The researchers used four sol-gel precursors to investigate the corrosion protection behaviour. Quelle: Korn V. – stock.adobe.com.

The researchers used four sol-gel precursors to investigate the corrosion protection behaviour. Quelle: Korn V. – stock.adobe.com.

Four sol-gel precursor, tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TIP), and zirconium(IV) propoxide (ZRP), were utilised in this study. Salt spray, acid undercutting, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were conducted to study the anticorrosion behaviour of the coatings. Generally, samples based on mixed sol-gel precursors exhibited better protection compared to the urethane coating without sol-gel precursors or the coating with only TEOS as the single sol-gel precursor. In acid undercutting experiments, mixed sol-gel precursor samples provided the best results compared to the control and TEOS-based samples.

Mix of sol-gel precursors with best corrosion protection performance

Comparison of parameters extracted by EIS describing water uptake indicates mixed sol-gel precursor composition had the best anticorrosion performance, which was consistent with acid undercutting results. The impedance of the hybrid coatings, at the order of 1010 ohms cm2 at 0.01 Hz, were ca. three orders higher than the control sample. Coating capacitance for all the hybrid coatings were stable throughout the immersion time while that for the control sample had a significant change after short time. The water uptake for the control sample was close to 2.5 % while that for all the hybrid coatings were about or lower than 0.5 %.

Morphology from SEM revealed that the organic inorganic sample with TEOS/TIP/ZRP mixed precursors maintained the coating integrity while higher porosity was developed in the control sample.

The study is published in: Progress in Organic Coatings Volume 134, September 2019, Pages 169-176.

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