The influence of test-panel orientation and exposure angle on the corrosion rate of carbon steel. Mathematical modelling

Juan J. Santana, Víctor Cano, Helena C. Vasconcelos, Ricardo M. Souto

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Abstract

The effects of both test-panel orientation and exposure angle on the atmospheric corrosion rates of carbon steel probes exposed to a marine atmosphere were investigated. Test samples were exposed in a tree-shape metallic frame with either three exposure angles of 30°, 45° and 60° and orientation north-northeast (N-NE), or eight different orientation angles around a circumference. It was found that the experimental corrosion rates of carbon steel decreased for the specimens exposed with greater exposure angles, whereas the highest corrosion rates were found for those oriented to N-NE due to the influence of the prevailing winds. The obtained data obtained were fitted using the bi-logarithmic law and its variations as to take in account the amounts of pollutants and the time of wetness (TOW) for each particular case with somewhat good agreement, although these models failed when all the effects were considered simultaneously. In this work, we propose a new mathematical model including qualitative variables to account for the effects of both exposure and orientation angles while producing the highest quality fits. The goodness of the fit was used to determine the performance of the mathematical models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number196
JournalMetals
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Atmospheric corrosion
  • Carbon steel
  • Corrosion rates
  • Exposure angle
  • Orientation angle
  • Predictive models

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