Corrosion of Bare and Galvanized Mild Steel in Arabian Gulf Environment

Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (Impact Factor: 1). 10/2010; 19(7):984-994. DOI: 10.1007/s11665-009-9565-9


Corrosion performance of bare and galvanized mild steel in atmospheric, soil and splash zone exposure conditions was evaluated
at a Khaleej Mardumah test station (KMTS) in Jubail Industrial City (JIC) located at Arabian Gulf coast. The samples were
exposed for a period of 15months. During the exposure, the environmental conditions were periodically monitored by analysis
of air, soil, groundwater, and seawater samples. The corroded mild steel and galvanized steel samples were examined by SEM,
XRD and XRF to identify the corrosion products and study their surface morphology. Weight loss method was employed to determine
the corrosion rates. The experimental results showed that intense temperature and humidity variations as well as high chloride
and sulfate concentrations in the region result in severe corrosion of bare mild steel especially under the splash zone conditions.
A comparison with the corrosion data for other parts of the world shows that atmospheric and soil environments at the selected
test site are significantly corrosive to mild steel. The splash zone, on the other hand, is much more corrosive to mild and
galvanized steel than the other parts of the world.

Keywordsatmospheric corrosion-galvanized steel-mild steel-rebar-soil-splash zone

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