Improving corrosion resistance of epoxy coating
The steel fiber textile overcomes mostly the shortcomings of traditional reinforcement materials. However, the poor corrosion resistance severely limits service life. In this study, based on the mechanism of stress corrosion and electrochemical corrosion, the epoxy resin anti-corrosion coating was designed and prepared. First, the von Mises stress distribution of lamellar and spherical fillers in epoxy resin was studied by finite element simulation, which confirmed that the stress distribution of spherical SiO2 filler was more uniform when it was stressed. In addition, to optimise the dispersion of spherical SiO2 in epoxy resin, the spherical polyaniline@SiO2 (PANI@SiO2) composites with core-shell structure were produced with in situ polymerisation method.
Ultrasonic C scanning results showed that the addition of PANI@SiO2 nano-filler can effectively reduce the defects in epoxy resin. Compared with bare steel fiber, the composites coating of 2 wt% PANI@SiO2/epoxy showed the most excellent resistance to stress corrosion and electrochemical corrosion. The capacitance diameter is two orders of magnitude higher, which has good stability in simulated concrete pore solution. This is due to the fact that the addition of PANI@SiO2 nanomaterials improves the physical shielding properties of epoxy, creating a labyrinth effect, and that PANI can produce passivation on the metal surface.
The study has been published in Progress in Organic Coatings, Volume 179, June 2023.
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