Abstract

This paper focuses on the influence and role of galvanic interactions in the corrosion behaviour of thermally-sprayed coated components. Coatings, of different chemistry and applied by various processes (including HVOF) to substrates of carbon steel or stainless steel, have been utilised to facilitate study of galvanic corrosion phenomena both between coating and substrate and also within the coating itself. The experiments have involved the measurement of galvanic currents between separate specimens and also the microscopical examination of galvanic interactions on single specimens. Galvanic corrosion effects, on both a macroscale or microscale, have been observed and the implications of these for coating and coating/substrate integrity are discussed.

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