The efficiency of thin hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) -based corrosion barrier coatings on 316 Lsubstrates after oxidative thermal curing at 400-550 ºC in air was investigated. Infrared spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy showed that an increasing curing temperature leads to progressing coating densification, accompanied by decreasing barrier properties. Cyclic polarization measurements indicated that defects due to substrate oxidation are detrimental for the substrate passivity. Insufficiently polymerized coatings showed poor chemical stability in neutral salt spray testing and the chemical coating stability increased with curing temperature. Oxidative curing was found inadequate as polymerization treatment of HSQ-based corrosion barrier coatings on 316L substrate.
Corrosion Science, 2017, Vol 127, p. 110-119
Stainless Steel; EIS; IR Spectroscopy; Polarisation; Oxide Coatings; Passivity