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Filiform corrosion of aluminium alloys after a phosphate treatment

T. Thomé
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S. Martinez
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C. Czechowski
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L. Thomé
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J. P. Debovea
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S. Benchabanea
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The role on filiform corrosion (FFC), after an automotive painting process with a phosphate treatment, of the near surface deformed layer (NSDL) formed during mechanical processing on AA8006 aluminium alloys is investigated. Samples subjected to specific surface pretreatments are examined before and after different steps of the phosphating process in order to identify the characteristics of the NSDL that are responsible for the susceptibility to FFC. The thickness, the structure and the composition of this NSDL are determined by SEM, RBS, XPS and transmission electron microscopy. The presence of a 200-nm thick NSDL which is not completely eliminated during the degreasing step of the phosphating process increases dramatically the FFC susceptibility of AA8006 aluminium alloys compared with beforehand etched samples. The influence of Pb and Mg segregation on top of the surface is found to be negligible whereas the specific microstructure of the NSDL characterised by nanograins with boundaries decorated by nano-sized oxide intermetallic particles seems to play a major role on FFC. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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in2p3-00985698 , version 1 (30-04-2014)



T. Thomé, S. Martinez, C. Czechowski, L. Thomé, J. P. Debovea, et al.. Filiform corrosion of aluminium alloys after a phosphate treatment. Surface and Interface Analysis, 2014, 46, pp.157-163. ⟨10.1002/sia.5402⟩. ⟨in2p3-00985698⟩
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