Thermally sprayed coatings of zinc, and in particular zinc-aluminium alloys, offer maximum corrosion protection for steel structures and reinforcing steel in concrete. They are primarily produced by arc or flame spraying. The surfaces of zinc and zinc alloy spray coatings can be protected by sealing top coats. This produces an optimum combination of passive and active corrosion protection and allows a service life of over 20 years. The development of new materials assumes intensive investigations. This paper provides an overview of the properties of thermally sprayed zinc and zinc-aluminium alloys as well as their microstructure and investigates the corrosion protection effect in tests and near-practical conditions.

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