ABSTRACT This research work investigated the corrosion characteristics of aluminium bronze alloy in four selected aggressive media which are H2SO4, HCl, NaOH, and NaCl. Aluminium bronze alloy was produced locally via sand casting method. Copper coils and aluminium materials which constitute waste to the environment were used in producing the alloy. Test specimens were produced from the as cast alloy and immersed in H2SO4, HCl, NaOH, and NaCl environment. The concentrations of the environment were varied as 0.1 M, 0.3 M and 0.5 M. The aluminium bronze produced from sand casting has mechanical properties that are closer to the standards proposed by CDA . The corrosion rate was determined by weight loss method at an interval of 3 days. It was observed that the corrosion behaviour exhibited by aluminium bronze in acidic media followed similar trends in 0.1 M, 0.3 M and 0.5 M respectively. However, the corrosion rates increases with increase in the concentration of H2SO4 and NaCl media, but the attack was more aggressive in HCl medium. The aluminium bronze samples in NaOH and H2SO4 media show gradual decolouration from its as-cast yellow golden colour to brown and dark colour respectively. NaCl environment shows high resistance to corrosion and slight decolouration effect even at increased concentration.
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B. Babalola, M. Bodunrin, J. Borode and K. Alaneme, "Corrosion Characteristics of As-Cast Aluminium Bronze Alloy in Selected Aggressive Media," Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, Vol. 1 No. 5, 2013, pp. 245-249. doi: 10.4236/jmmce.2013.15038.
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