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Dealloying is a corrosion process in which one or more elements are selectively dissolved, leaving behind a porous residue of the remaining elements. This article describes the dealloying in various systems, namely, dezincification, graphitic corrosion, dealuminification, and noble metal alloys dealloying. The current-potential behavior of a binary alloy undergoing selective dissolution is reviewed. The article highlights the four mechanisms required for the formation of porous metals: ionization-redeposition, surface diffusion, volume diffusion, and percolation model of selective dissolution.

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Sean G. Corcoran, Effects of Metallurgical Variables on Dealloying Corrosion, Corrosion: Fundamentals, Testing, and Protection, Vol 13A, ASM Handbook, Edited By Stephen D. Cramer, Bernard S. Covino, Jr., ASM International, 2003, p 287–293,

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