Inhibition of 90Cu10Ni Alloy with 1-phenyl 1-H-tetrazole 5-thiol in Chloride Solution in Absence and Presence of Sulfide
International Journal of Electrochemical Science
The inhibiting effect of 1-phenyl 1-H-tetrazole 5-thiol (PhTT) on corrosion of copper-nickel alloy, 90Cu-10Ni, in different electrolytes was studied. Polarization measurements were performed in sodium chloride solution in absence and presence of sulfide ions. The surface morphology and its structure were examined using SEM and EDX to evaluate the effect of using inhibitor. In absence of sulfide the inhibition in the studied media was attributed to the formation of protective film of Cu
... e on the alloy surface. The rate of inhibition decreases with increasing temperature and the activation energy for the corresponding processes were determined. The presence of sulfide decreases the inhibition due to the incorporation of sulfur in the protective film that enhances the corrosion. SEM images revealed the formation of protective layers on the alloy surface in presence of PhTT which is affected in presence of sulfide with the inhibitor. In absence of sulfide EDX showed the presence of carbon, sulfur and nitrogen on alloy surface that proved the presence of the inhibitor on the alloy surface which decreases in presence of sulfide. The composition of the protective layer in polluted and non-polluted media studied with EDX was compared to the results obtained from the inductively coupled plasma analyses of the ions in the electrolyte side.